The story recorded of Gods glory and the shambolic rebellion at the foot of this sacred mountain is beyond belief. They all witnessed Gods glory in the form of a cloud and fire, yet the people still clambered for an idol that gave them an assurance by appealing to their senses that God was with them. Was the cloud and fire not evidence enough? How much ‘proof' does one need to be convinced that God is real and mighty.
Into this mix of rebellion and rejection of God Moses is thrust into a state of confusion and panic as he to begins to doubt Yahweh and loose hope in his ability to lead such a people. We need to remember that Moses had spend some time up on the mountain top conversing with God and being saturated with His glory. He would have been in 7th. Heaven so full of delight and rapture at being in Gods presence
Can we imagine the spirit of debauchee and rebellion that assailed his spirit as he descended down the mountain side? The scriptures tell us that Moses was so furious that he smashed the tablets of stone and threw them onto the ground, whilst he ground down the golden calf, mixed it with water and forced the revellers to drink it.
Not only was this scene of disorderly wanton rebellion witnessed by God, but their enemies who watched from afar, must have been besides themselves at such a drunken display from a people who days before were feared for their Red Sea crossing. God's reaction is swift as he sends a plague upon the people.
Moses at this point lost his hope and faith that God would still lead them and in doing so sunk into a state of hopelessness and depression, for the covenant relationship established on the mountain was now null and void. Moses cries out in doubt to God seeking an assurance that God will not abandon him. God replies that he will not leave Moses desolate, but Moses is not yet convinced that God will keep his word.
Moses in desperation makes an outlandish request of God, so bold and brash that God could have destroyed him – ‘Show me your glory' he cries. Out of his love for Moses God tells him that he cannot see his face but he will hid Moses in a cleft of a rock and cover him with his hand so that he cannot see Gods face, but his back is OK.
My fellow bloggers when we to are feeling hopeless and our faith is ebbing away remember that because of Calvary we can come with boldness into the presence of God and dwell in his glory as Moses did on that mountain top. May we not throw away our confidence that has been given to us by Christ's death, but let us persevere with a confidence that comes from the washing of our hearts and minds by the blood of Jesus. We to can call out to God to show us his Glory and if our hearts are clean before God, we have the boldness to ask of God, what he has shown us, so that Gods glory many increase and abound in our lives.
O what a wonderful day that will be for this is the foretaste of things to come.
[blockquote]The story recorded of Gods glory and the shambolic rebellion at the foot of this sacred mountain is beyond belief. They all witnessed Gods glory in the form of a cloud and fire, yet the people still clambered for an idol that gave them an assurance by appealing to their senses that God was with them. [/blockquote]
... "the shambolic rebellion"... "the people still clambered for an idol"... I like these interesting phraseologies you've woven into your content, they create excellent visuals for the scenes you're describing. Thank you for another spiritually enlightening blog!
Good blog. Hebrews warns us, "much more". So many today think themselves much better than they were. I ain't seeing it. A lot more accountable, though.
Again, good blog. God Bless brother.