Show Me Your Glory, part 8: This Nation-Your People

“And Moses said to Yahweh, ‘See, you said to me, ‘lead this people up.’  But you did not reveal to me who you were going to send with me.  And you said, ‘I have known you with a name and you have found favor in my eyes.’ And now, if I have found favor in your eyes, reveal to me your ways so that I may know you and so that I may find favor in your eyes.  And understand that your people are this nation.’”

(Exodus 33:12-13)

 

This last clause is perhaps one of the most difficult to translate into idiomatic English and still maintain the integrity of the original text.  Simply stated, Moses is reminding God that this rebellious nation is “your people.”  Literally, Moses is stating: “See!  Your people–this nation.”  God has raised up a people for himself and bound them together as a nation.  Though they may be rebellious and discontent, they still belonged to God and were separated apart by God for his good pleasure. 

Oh, how these words still ring true of the church today.  Though we are rebellious and prone to sin, we are still the bride of Christ, and God still blesses us with his presence and works to sanctify us as a holy and pure bride on account of his Son, the great and true covenant mediator.  Beloved, God has chosen to have a relationship with us.  That simple statement is overwhelming and is the thing that separates Christianity from every other religion on the planet.  We have a transcendent God who chooses to have a personal relationship with us even though we are sinful and rebellious.  Oh, the grace and mercy of God that is demonstrated in his claiming and keeping of his people!  O, the grace and mercy of God that is demonstrated in his claiming and keeping of me—wretched sinner that I am!  This is truly a God that deserves our worship!

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