2/10/2018 — Exodus Chapters 33-35
Like so many of our readings these chapters contain an abundance of significant material — God’s relationship with Moses; God’s glory; Moses’s wisdom; the return of the Ten Commandments. But as I read Chapter 33 the verse that captured me this time is Exodus 33:14: The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Two aspects of this verse are incredible to me. First, the commentator Harry Orlinsky noted that one aspect of this statement is, “My Divine Presence (the [shekinah Glory] will go, namely, I will not send again any angel; I Myself will go.”
The second aspect — “I will give thee rest ...” Coffman states “The true “rest” promised here was not the sabbath day, nor even their entry into Canaan, but “that God’s face would lead men to that rest in which unhindered communion and wholeness will become a reality.”
Finally, does this promise sound familiar? How about the promise of Jesus for believers in Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.