Just a few days ago, we read about Moses coming down from the mountain and finding his people committing heinous idolatry. He had been up, meeting with the Lord, in what was probably one of the top five moments of his life, only to come down to one of his low five.
And as soon as he came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses’ anger burned hot, and he threw the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. (Exodus 32:19)
This moment was terrible because God’s people were breaking fellowship with God while Moses was receiving the 10 Commandments. And……. it was also terrible because Moses broke the original tablets of the 10 Commandments.
Oh yes. The ones that God wrote for him with His own hands.
How gracious is God? He offers the people a chance to repent instead of being completely done with them. And here in chapter 34, we find that He gives Moses another chance to NOT break the most important stone-cut document in all of history. This moment was so special that Moses’ face had to be veiled because it shined from being in God’s presence.
A few thoughts come to mind as I read this today. One: God’s kindness is overwhelming, and it leads us to repentance time and again. He is so good. But we must accept His offer of forgiveness. Second: He has great purposes for His children. Moses’ moment of anger and breaking the tablets didn’t stop the Lord from using him again. That is often the case with us as well. Finally, I am reminded that when I truly spend time in the presence of Jehovah, it changes me. It affects my countenance. It inspires faith. It causes boldness and courage. It makes faces shine.
What did you learn today from this passage?
By: Todd Thomas