Summary of passage: Moses is speaking with God and beseeches to know Him better. God says His Presence will go with Moses on his journey. Moses says if God’s Presence doesn’t accompany them, then he doesn’t want to go and nothing will distinguish God’s people if God doesn’t. God grants Moses request and when Moses asks God to show him His glory God says His goodness will pass in front of Moses for no one living can see God’s face.
5a) To know Him better. To learn more about God so he can better lead and have more confidence. To be closer to God. To know God approves of him.
b) Personal Question. My answer: To be honest, I’ve never really asked God to know Him better. But I just did!
c) That God remember that these people are His people, that they are distinct from the rest of the world because of God’s favor upon them, and thus God had to go with them so that all others will know these are God’s people.
d) Personal Question. My answer: I pray more and more for others but never really thought of it as leading to my personal growth. Sounds a bit selfish to me if that’s the only reason you are praying is to grow personally. Others first, then you. Like Jesus did.
6) Confidence in their course, freedom from worry, desire to help others and do what’s right in God’s mind, an inner peace in their lives, compassion on others, living God’s way not the world’s.
7a) God Himself, but I’m not for sure Moses knew exactly what he expected. After all, it is God and God’s ways are not ours. Moses just wanted to be close to God so badly that he asked to see God and I believe Moses didn’t really care here if he saw God or not. He only wanted to be as close to God as humanly possible and I think Moses achieved that more than any other person besides Jesus while on Earth.
b) “Do the very thing you [Moses] have asked”, which is to go personally with the Israelites on their journey to the Promised Land because God had said in Exodus 33:3 that He wouldn’t due to His anger over the golden calf. He also promised to show Moses His goodness and proclaim His name in front of Moses. He will have compassion on who He has compassion and mercy on whom He will have mercy on. He will cover Moses until His glory has passed and Moses will see God’s back but not His face.
c) No one can see God’s face and live.
Conclusions: I do need to ask God to know Him more, and I need to pray for others not for me but for them as they need mercy more than I do. I would like to be seen as someone who knows God, but I fear when people look at me, they don’t see God but me. Something to pray about.
End Notes: What makes the Promised Land special is God. Without God, the land is nothing. Hence, Moses begs God to go with them. The word “know” is repeated here. We need to know God and desire to know God like Moses did.
Moses was bold here, pressing God and using grace as his reasoning. God responds. Great example for us as well. Delicate balance of Godly-fear with the right heart.
Moses wanted more and more and kept asking. God granted. So must we.
God’s glory lies in His goodness. That is the first thing we must know about God–that He is good. To understand God, we must understand His goodness. This is the essence behind God’s glory.
Elijah may have met God in this exact same rock cleft (1 Kings 19:8-18).
Here we see the hymn Rock of Ages: Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee.
I would expect to sing this hymn when we do this lesson in BSF.
Take away: If you seek Him, you will be rewarded beyond your imaginings.