Notes on the Exodus (33)

“Exposing the Exodus”

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

To the End of the Age  (Chapter 3 Verses 10-16)

A sign is given to Moses (v12). God condescends to the weakness of his servant’s faith. That’s what signs, miracles are, we ought not to need them. If God never performed another miracle he would still be God, his word would still be good and true. His word really ought to be enough for any of us. But in grace he stoops. For Moses the sign’s realisation is in the future. He has to move in faith, he has to trust God and go get his people, bring them back to this mountain, then together they will serve, worship God there on that mountain. That’s the sign. It’s a risky business faith, you certainly won’t get any flack just filling a pew. You will even get plenty of praise from men. But be warned, move out in faith, engage in some serious service, you will get criticised, perhaps even pulverised. What you need is the Joshua attitude, “as for me, I will serve the Lord.” No matter what others say or do. When Moses gathers the people and fetches them back to this mountain they will experience what Moses experienced at this burning bush. The divine presence of the true and living God.

But that’s a promise that rings through all the gospel ages. To all who carry on God’s gospel work. Taking the gospel, the good of Jesus Christ to sinners, “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). When God calls it’s ours to obey. We can go in the utmost confidence, we can go with the comfort and encouragement of his word. All these things, the apostle Paul tells, “were written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4). God’s dealings with Moses demonstrate to us the utter trustworthiness of God at all times. When we do his good will, faithfully apply his word, we cannot altogether fail. We will know his presence and his power working in us and trough us. As he gathers his church in all ages from the four corners of the earth, to worship him, but not on Mt. Horeb, or any other mountain. But in Spirit and in truth (John 4:21-24).

(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)

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