Exodus 34-35, Matthew 22

Exodus 34:6-7
6 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 7 keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”

This verse sums up the goodness and graciousness of the Lord. Man loves to focus on His goodness, but if we are not careful we will overlook the reality of his judgment. The Lord tells Moses, ‘by no means clearing the guilty’. God is obligated to punish for sin, because He said he would and He doesn’t change his mind on such things. This is where Jesus comes in. He alone is the manner by which mankind is cleared of guilt.

Exodus 34:35
35 And whenever the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with Him.

Moses’s face shown from having seen the backside of the Lord. Imagine what would have happened had he been able to look at God face to face. What a wondrous thing the glory of the Lord must be! Paul tell us that one day, we will see The Lord as He is…face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12).

Exodus 35:21
21 Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments.

It is important that we come before the Lord willingly because of what the He has done in our hearts. The Lord wants us to come to Him because of our love for Him and never because we think we have to. A relationship by compulsion is no relationship at all.

Matthew 22:10
10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.

This is such a beautiful parable about the Lord desiring all people to come to Him. He shows no partiality, and desires that none would perish. I praise God that He accepted me in spite of my wicked life and evil heart. I marvel every time I think of how He alone transformed me. I can’t wait for the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 10:9)!

Matthew 22:33
33 And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.

Are you astonished by the teaching of Jesus? I hope so. I have been reading His teaching for over 34 years and I am more astonished by it today than I have ever been.

Matthew 22:37-40
37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. ’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. ’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

When you read the ten commandments given to Moses in the book of Exodus, chapter 20, you will see that each of the ten fall into these two categories. The first four, relate to our relationship with God. The remaining six, relate to our relationship with man. This is why Jesus said, “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

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