Dave Burnette's Commentary

Exodus Chapter 33

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: The Record of God's Deliverance of Israel (c 1-40)
Theme: Israel at Sinai (c 19-40)
Message: The People Mourn (v 1-23)

Exodus 33 Commentary

(33:5-6) Jewelry was banned - This was not a permanent ban on all jewelry. It was a temporary sign of repentance and mourning. In 35;22 we read that the people still had jewelry.

(33:11) Moses finds Favor with God - God and Moses talked face-to-face in the tabernacle, just as friends do. Why did Moses find such favor with God? It certainly was not because he was perfect, gifted, or powerful. Rather, it was because God chose Moses, and Moses in turn relied wholeheartedly on God's wisdom and direction. Friendship with God was a true privilege for Moses, out of reach for the other Hebrews. But it is not out of reach for us today. Jesus called his disciples-and, by extension, all his followers- his friends (John 15:15). This includes you. Will you accept his invitation to openly communicate with him? He desires this kind of relationship with you.

(33:12) Joshua Does not Leave the Tabernacle -  Joshua, Moses' aide, did not leave the tabernacle, probably because he was guarding it. No doubt there were curious people who would have dared to go inside.

(33:18-23) Moses Wanted to See God - Moses wanted to see God's glory. He wanted assurance of God's presence with him, Aaron, and Joshua, and he desired to know that presence experientially. Because we are finite and morally imperfect, we cannot see God as he really is and live -apart from Jesus Christ (John 14:9). The good news is that Jesus has promised to show himself to those who love him (John 14:21).

Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Presence of the Lord

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Exodus with Chapter 33 and in today's text we see more of the heart of Moses and the heart of a Man commissioned of God to lead a group of people. As we see Israel be impatient and stray from God we see Moses rebuke, and discipline the children of God. Then see him plead and instruct Israel to repent and worship. As a leader we see Moses' heart and love for God has grown as he now has a relationship with God. The more of the Lord that Moses experiences the more He wants to see His face. Moses found grace in the eyes of the Lord as he served and sought the Lord and as a result - the presence of the Lord went with Him. In making application we see the more we seek Gods face and obey in service and obedience the more we will experience the presence of the Lord. How about you? Do you seek and serve the Lord? Let us learn from the life of Moses to see that if we seek the Lord, we will experience the Presence of the Lord.


Exodus 33

Exodus 33

 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.