“The Lord said to Moses, “Cut two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. 2 Get ready tomorrow morning, and come up Mount Sinai to meet me there at the top.” (Exodus 34:1-2)
Moses was summoned by God to be used as an instrument of communication and instructions for the people God was choosing to be set apart for HImself. These people unfortunately got impatient while waiting for Moses to come back down from meeting with God and ended up creating their own Gods.
When reading this we can think it seems pretty weird that they would want to worship a golden calf they made but if we really look deep into our own lives we might find somethings that we worship in our lives that can do nothing for us at all. What I am noting here is how it angered God to the point of wanting to destroy the people. This does not sound like a loving God but in reality God is love and anything that is not love is not of God and God wants everything that is not love to be done away with. If we are not allowing ourselves to love God and carry His love for others there is a great chance that He will not want us when He comes back for us. He may love us but is requiring our love also in return, even if we aren’t that great at it He will know it from what is in our hearts.
Moses interceded for the people that were creating their replacement God/Gods to worship. God told them you better get down there because they because they are not doing very well and I want this taken care of quickly or I will take them out. Moses reminded God of all that He promised to give and asked Him to reconsider and spare the people’s lives. God agreed and sent Moses on His way back down (after giving him the instructions he laid out for them on stone tablets, that he Himself wrote).
Once Moses arrived at the scene he must not have realized what he interceded for the people about? He was shocked and angered and not thinking he whipped the stone tablets (with the instructions for the people from God, to the ground. The consequences of Moses anger kept him from entering the promised land that God promised to the people. Not to mention Aaron, Moses’s helper also later suffered consequences for allowing this to happen with the people in Moses’s absence.
What happens? God calls Moses back and tells him to bring another set of stone tablets and is able to get his instructions to the people. But meanwhile the people decide not to wear jewelry because it is what they used to create the golden calf. They knew they needed to show God that they wanted Him to be their God. Moses told God that all other nations should know that they were set apart and in order for that they needed to have His presence. It seems that there is a big message here to change our actions to please God. To realize that what we have done may need to be changed.
Even though Moses still led the people and was never allowed to enter the promised land, he was still chosen and used by God. His face shown with the glory of God! Take a look at this scripture verse;
“And it came to pass, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come near him. And Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned to him: and Moses talked with them. And afterwards all the children of Israel came near: and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. And until Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face. But when Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he took the veil off, until he came out. And he came out, and spoke to the children of Israel what he was commanded. And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him. (Exodus 34:29-35)
Moses was so humble that he kept the glory veiled when he wasn’t giving the people the messages from God. He let the people see the glory when he spoke to them for God but he would also then cover it so that he would not appear conceited with it. He didn’t want people to think they had to stay at a distance from him or for them to think he was showing off how great a favor he had from God.
I have had many experiences of the manifested presence of God in my life, more than most people I know and I can’t say why. I am not that special or different form others in any way for Him to do this but He does. Many times I also experienced that when I share it with others that it brings more manifestations so I often want to shout it out what God has done or is doing. But I have noticed that when I share these experiences with people that don’t hunger for them the opposite happens and I am found to be nuts or the people become angry in some way thinking I am lying about it. I am often hesitant to share because I don’t want to appear as someone wanting the attention or glory for myself so every time I read this I can relate to Moses and hoping to be as meek and humble as he was with the glory and favor God had given him but yet still able to share it and have more of it for others to experience as well.
In conclusion of what God is speaking to me about in this scriptural story, is that God not only chose but also listened to Moses and used Moses for His purposes no matter what. When Moses made the mistake with the stone tablets God instructed him to come back and try it again. If the Lord has a purpose for us He will have us carry it out even if we don’t always do it correctly.
God didn’t think Moses he was unfit because of what he had done. Moses also didn’t tell God that he felt unfit to keep going for God’s purposes because of the time he got angry and had a tantrum which even destroyed the precious tablets God wrote on! We too should not look back at our past mistakes and think for a moment that it would make us unqualified for the work of God’s kingdom. If God chose us He will use us as long as we are willing to follow out His instructions. Willing is the key word here. We may fall short of the results but as long as we stay willing. Also note that Moses did not fail in bringing the stone tablets the way they were meant to be presented the second go at! It must be that he realized his actions were wrong and made an effort to make it right even though he faced failing again he was willing to keep going forth with the purposes of God.
I pray that you (and I) will keep focused on the fact that God is summoning us to be vessels for His kingdom and no matter how we might fall short we need to keep our eyes on God’s instructions and not our failings. We may have consequences from our past actions but we are never unqualified to keep going as long as we are willing and have a love for God, His purposes and His people.
John Tussey - Keyboard recording artist, composer, arranger, conference and seminar speaker.
John Tussey is an award-winning recording artist - pianist / synthesist, composer, arranger, private music instructor, music publisher and public speaker and has been involved with music ministry for many years. He resides in Pearl City, Hawaii.
He composes and records contemporary keyboard music with piano and synthesizers. Styles range from mellow to majestic piano solos and ambient serene synthesizer soundscapes. The smooth, easy-listening sounds are peaceful, soothing, relaxing and helpful in eliminating stress as well as calming babies and children. It is also music that helps babies sleep as well as children and adults. This is music from the heart and connects well with the listener. John's artistry combined with a variety of playing styles exudes a magnetic charisma that has gained him much favor wherever he plays. John also plays and records blues and jazzy styles as found in the "Christmas Impressions" CD.