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Disciples Memorial Portion of Ki Tisa: Exodus 33 through Exodus 34

March 13, 2010

Ka-dosh, Ka-dosh, Ka-dosh Adonai tz’va-ot, m’lo chol ha-a-retz k’vo-do.
Holy, Holy, Holy is the God of all being! The whole earth is filled with your glory!

Exodus 33

Commentary of the Chapter 33 of the book of Exodus:

In the previous chapter, we learn that the people fall and sin before God, because the people choose to build a golden calf. Moses took the claf and the tables and broke them beneath the mount; because the people were sinning such as dancing naked to the shame of their enemies. Moses made the people drink powdered water, which came from the burnt ashes of the golden calf that he hand destroyed in a rage of fit and anger. Moses gathered all the Levites from his Tribe. Then, Moses told the people what God said to do, and there was a great smoting of men that day, three thousand men fell because they worshipped a god and danced naked to the same of their enemies. Moses said, “The god of Israel said, “Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout this camp and execute the people such as a man’s brother, companion and neighbor etc.” Moses, asked the people who is on the LORD’s side? The people that were on the LORD’s side went with Moses. However, Joshua remained in the tent of Moses, the entire time that God is speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai – and he receives the first set of tablets, two tablets of the Ten Commandments. Moses asked the people to conscentrate theirselves upon their brother and receive a blessing. Lastly, Moses returned to THE LORD and asked that his name be blotted out of the book, of Life. God responded that his name would not be removed from the book.

Meanwhile the pillar cloudy stood over the tabernacle door; and then all the people worshipped at their tent door. God visited the children of Israle and had looked upon their affliction. Moses prayed to God and asked Him to give him grace, and to let him know who He would send with him, and consider His people as a (sovereign) nation. He (God) quickly replies and says, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” Moses wants to absolutely be sure that God will be with him more than just an early morning walk where there is an occassionally jacking. He know he needs the divine intervention of God to move pass Pharaoh and his servants, in Egypt. Moses knows this is going to be a battle to occupy and possess the land of Canaan, that shall be given as an inheritance to Israel.

In this chapter, the annointing continues, and the word of God is, “1And the LORD said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it:
2And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite: 3Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.”

In Chapter Thirty-three of the Book of Exodus, the people also heard the word of God and put away their ornaments while they were at the foot of Mount Horeb. Moses took the tabernacle and pitched it outside from the camp. However, the people that sought the LORD made the effort to travel to the tent. The people would stand and watch Moses until he went into the tabernacle, as a cloudy pillar had descended and stood at the door, the LORD traveled to the tent, called the Tabernacle of the congregation. The LORD talked with Moses faced to face like a good friend.

Next, Moses continues to ask God many questions to be assured that God is still determined go with him and His people. The word of God speaks unto Moses saying, “I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.” Therefore, Moses prayed to God that if he had found grace in the sight of the LORD, that he show him His way and His will. Moses then asked God if he had found grace in the sight of the LORD, that his people may be considered a nation, that is sovereign. Moses also said, that he wants God to show him God’s glory. God responds that he will hasten to perform His word, by saying, “I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 23And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.”

In this chapter Moses also petitions God saying, “The covenant shall be known here, that I and your people have found grace in sight.” At the moment, maybe Moses did not feel that his people could go up with the LORD’s help, or right hand. Moses said that the people and he shall be separate from all the people that are upon the face of the earth (Exodus 33:17). Lastly, Moses asked God to show him the glory of God. God responded to Moses saying, “I will make all my goodness pass before thee. I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will show mercy” (Exodus 33:19).

Exodus 33: The Command to leave Mount Sinai (The Mountain of God)
 1And the LORD said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it:
 2And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite:
 3Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.
 4And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.
 5For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.
 6And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb.
 7And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.
 8And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.
 9And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses.
 10And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.
 11And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
 12And Moses said unto the LORD, “See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.
 13Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.”
 14And He said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
 15And he said unto Him, “If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
 16For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.”
 17And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
 18And he said, “I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.”
 19And He said, “I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.”
 20And he said, “Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.”
 21And the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:
 22And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:
 23And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” (Exodus 33, King James Version)

DisciplesRecommended References for Exodus 33 :
Jeremiah 11:1-5 – 1The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD saying,
 2Hear ye the words of this covenant, and speak unto the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
 3And say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant,
 4Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God:
 5That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be it,” O LORD. (Jeremiah 11:1-5, King James Version)
Psalm 19:1 – 1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. (Psalm 19:1, King James Version)
Matthew 10:16-39 – 16Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
 17But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
 18And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
 19But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
 20For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
 21And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
 22And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
 23But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
 24The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
 25It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
 26Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
 27What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
 28And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
 29Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
 30But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
 31Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
 32Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
 33But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
 34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
 35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
 36And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
 37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
 38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
 39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 10:16-39, King James Version)
Matthew 11:26-29 – 26Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
 27All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
 28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (Matthew 11:26-29, King James Version)

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty earlyin the morning our song shall rise to thee. Hymn #1, John B. Dykes and Reginald Heber. “Holy, Holy, Holy.” Hymn Number One, taken from the Baptist Hymnal.

Exodus 34
 1And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.
 2And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.
 3And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.
 4And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.
 5And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
 6And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
 7Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
 8And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.
 9And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O LORD, let my LORD, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.
 10And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.
 11Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
 12Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:
 13But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:
 14For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
 15Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;
 16And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.
 17Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
 18The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.
 19All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.
 20But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.
 21Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.
 22And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.
 23Thrice in the year shall all your menchildren appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel.
 24For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the LORD thy God thrice in the year.
 25Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.
 26The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.
 27And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.
 28And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.
 29And 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 wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.
 30And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. (Exodus 34, King James Version)
 31And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them.
 32And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai.
 33And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.
 34But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded.
 35And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him. (Exodus 34:31-35, King James Version)

Commentary on Exodus 34:


In this chapter, Moses creates another tablet; because he broke the first tablet with the Ten commandments. Then Moses went up to Mount Sinai, as God had commanded him with the new tablets – that he had broken in his fit of rage against the sinners.


The the LORD descended into the cloud and stood with Moses the LORD and hasten to perform His word, he proclaimed the name of the LORD (Exodus 34:6-7) .
 6And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
 7Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (Exodus 32:19 and Exodus 33:19; and Exodus 34:6-7, King James Version)

Like the LORD, Moses hastened to make obescience to the LORD, to worship with his head bowed down toward the earth. Then Moses asked God to go amongs the sitff-necked people, and asked God to pardon the iniquity and sin, and take the people as an inheritance. God agreed and made a covenant, and the requirements consist of observing all the commandments.


In Capter 35, Moses has come down from the mountain for forty days and forty nights. The children of Israel are at the foot of the mountain waiting for Moses to come down and tell them all that the LORD has commanded of them through Moses. God writes on the tablet, the ten words of the Ten Commandments, called the Ten Commandments.

In closing this chapter, let us remember that after Moses would behond the glory of God,he would wear a veil. Moses placed a veil on his face whenever he had spoken with the children of Israel. However, Moses would take jos veil off of his face, until he would leave from Mt. Sinai before the presence of God. Then Moses, he would place the veiol on his face and speak with the children of Israel, regarding the commandments of the LORD. Yet the veil kept everyone from being afraid to see the skin on Moses face; and he would simultaneously speak with God (Exodus 34:29-35).

Disciple References for Chapter Exodus 34:
 Isaih 45:23 – 23I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. (Isaiah 45:23, King James Version)
Romans 14:11 – 11For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (Romans 14:11, King James Version)

Recommended Reference:

Truthnet.org. Biblical Archaeology. “The period of Judges in Biblical Archaelogy.”

Reference:

Exodus 34:2 : Exodus 19:20; Exodus 24:12
Exodus 34:3 : Exodus 19:12
Exodus 34:5 : Numbers 14:17
Exodus 34:7 : Psalm 103:3
Exodus 34:8 : Exodus 4:31
Exodus 34:10 : Deuteronomy 5:32; Deuteronomy 6:3,25
Exodus 34:12 : Deuteronomy 7:2
Exodus 34:19 : Ezekial 44:30
Exodus 34:22 : Deuteronomy 16:10, 13
Exodus 34:27 : Deuteronomy 4:13
Exodus 34:32 : Exodus 24:3
Exodus 34:33 : 2nd Corinthians 3:13
Exodus 34:34 : 2nd Corinthians 3:16

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The episode, involving several other foreign nationals, threatened to overshadow U.S. praise on Friday for Morocco’s recent steps to improve human rights, women’s rights and democracy. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100312/ap_on_re_af/af_morocco_americans_expelled

Twin suicide bombs kill 43 in Pakistani city. By BABAR DOGAR and TIM SULLIVAN, Associated Press Writers Babar Dogar And Tim Sullivan, Associated Press Writers – 35 mins ago. 03/12/2012 14:55. LAHORE, Pakistan – Two suicide bombers killed 43 people in near-simultaneous blasts Friday, the fourth major attack in Pakistan this week and a clear sign that militants have the power to strike targets despite months of army offensives and U.S. missile strikes. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100312/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_violence

Cross references:

A.Philippians 2:10 : Isa 45:23; Rom 14:11
B.Philippians 2:10 : Rev 5:3, 13; Eph 1:10

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