Exodus Extracts 33 – Intercession and Intimacy

Moses said to the Lord , “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.”
(Exodus 33:12-13 ESV)

The golden calf episode had a shattering impact on the people. Hearing that God would not go with them sobered them up quickly.

It is thus something that not only should Moses plead on their behalf, but that he should also choose that occasion to seek for greater intimacy with God. It is as if Moses sees an event that threatens to cut off relations as the time to strengthen them even more. Not just for his sake, but for the sake of the people he’s called to lead, who are distinct from any other people purely because of the God that had rescued them.

In this case it’s clear that the people and Moses recognise that without God’s presence they could never make it. The presence of God was key to everything. Not even the assurance of angelic assistance.

Moses appreciated even more that it wasn’t just presence and contact that mattered. Engaging with God was important too, yet even more for Moses was about knowing God and His ways at the closest level possible. That burning desire to draw close to God in order to do and be everything pleasing to Him was pivotal in the progress of the people.

That same burning desire remains crucial for the true progress of anyone.

For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden

For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden


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