Exodus – Chapter 33: Moses and the Glory of the Lord

When we last saw Moses in Exodus 32, he and God were both pissed at the people for making a golden calf.  God’s punishment was to have them kill each other and then reign a plague down on the people.  God definitely knows how to kill.  Exodus 33 suggests that God is glorious.  Let’s see how true that is.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’  I will send an angel before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.’” – Exodus 33:1-2

Screw the people who already live there.  They will suffer for God has chosen the Israelites instead of them.  Why?  Who knows!

“Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.” – Exodus 33:3

WTF?  God is leading them to the promised land, but then says, nah, I’ll stay behind because I MIGHT destroy you.  You are God and you don’t know if you’ll destroy the Israelites?!?!

“As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses.” – Exodus 33:9

Um…yeah…clouds near the ground are called fog.  It’s not supernatural.  Even if we assumed fog was supernatural, God could convince everyone by simply showing up once and declaring clearly He was God.

“And the Lord said, ‘I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  But, he said, you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.’” – Exodus 33:19-20

In other words, God has no interest in showing himself to the people.  Also, having mercy on who you will have mercy on and having compassion on who you will have compassion on means nothing.  That’s proof of your goodness?  No.  Not even close.

Exodus 33 shows us God is more contradictory by the moment.  It says He’ll show himself, but then throws out a riddle and never shows Himself.  God works in mysterious ways.  🙂

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 34:  The New Stone Tablets


One thought on “Exodus – Chapter 33: Moses and the Glory of the Lord

  1. The nuance varies a little with different translations, but my favorite verse in the entire Bible is Exodus 33:5 where God says, “If I were to go into you for even a moment, I would exterminate you.” Basically, he is saying “I hate you people, and if I have to be around you for even a moment, I swear I’ll kill each and every one of you.”

    So much for the God of Love.


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