There is a Place by Me (Feb., 2022)
The Lord called Moses up to Mount Sinai to give him the Ten Commandments and to instruct him. Exodus 24:17 says, “And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.” To this day, the top of that mountain is blackened from the glory of God that came down. In that place, God instructed Moses concerning the Tabernacle and the Priesthood of Aaron and his sons, every detail. Moses was in the Presence of God for 40 days and 40 nights. The Children of Israel rebelled against God while Moses was away. They gathered their golden earrings; and with them, Aaron made a golden calf. They offered their burnt offerings to the golden image. They “sat down to eat and to drink and rose up to play” (Exodus 32:6). God was ready to destroy every one of them, but Moses made intercession. The Bible tells us that the Lord changed His mind in destroying them because of Moses’ intercession.
We read in Exodus 33:12-15, “And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know who thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.” It would do us well, to have the same conviction, “If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.” Can you imagine leading 500,000 plus people without the Lord?
Notice in verse 13 that Moses said to the Lord, “Shew me now thy way.” Look at verse 18, “And Moses said, I beseech thee shew me thy glory.” The Lord told Moses that He would make all His goodness to pass before him. Verse 20 – 23 says, “And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.”
Moses asked to see the glory of God. Isn’t that what we have been asking for, for many years? Notice: The Lord told Moses that there was a place beside Him and instructed him to stand upon a rock. Who is this Rock? He is Jesus. He is seated at the right hand of God. I want you to know that there is a place next to God for you and “the whosoever will”. God instructed Moses that while His glory passed by that He would place him in a clift of the rock. Moses asked for the glory; and in obedience, he moved to the rock to stand upon it. Then, the Lord placed him in the clift and covered him with His hand while He passed by. Moses experienced the glory.
How about us? Do we desire to experience His glory? Will we align (position ourselves as the Lord would lead us)? Will we allow Him to reposition us? Some believe that Moses, in seeing the back parts of God, the revelation of the beginning of the world was revealed so that he could pen the Book of Genesis. I want to see the glory of God. “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it" (Is. 40:5).