Patience After Patience
Perhaps a good place to start is to make sure we have an understanding of what the “glory of the Lord” may mean. Matt Slick, President & Founder, Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry, defines it this way:
Even though God’s glory rested on Mount Sinai, a cloud covered it for six whole days. Moses had obeyed. He made the trip up the Mountain, but he still had to wait for God’s timing for leader of Israelites in the desert to hear from Him. How would your patience, or mine, have handled that? If we answer, “not well” – perhaps we’re not ready to hearken to what He has to say to us.
And then God calls Moses on the seventh day – seven whole days after Moses was summoned to make the trip up the Mountain. Moses obeyed; he did everything he had to, and God still made him wait. If we question God’s action in that regard, we still need to do some work on Who God is and How He operates. Not to mention reconsidering exactly who we are.
Meanwhile, half way down the Mountain, the other 72 leaders and elders that had joined Moses and Joshua for the first leg of the trip, saw, from below, the glory of the Lord as a consuming fire at the top of the mountain. Can you imagine what went through their heads? Was it possible that they thought Moses and Joshua were simply called up higher to be sacrificed in a burning fire? If not, will they ever return and what will they be like? And so on. I am sure, that at the least, they would have been filled with great awe and perhaps considerable fear. Think of your possible reaction if that had been your pastor and the head of your church’s board of directors?
And then we read, that after God called Moses (on the seventh day) from the midst of the cloud, Moses walked into the cloud (I believe without Joshua) as he continued to get closer to God. Great, at last, we’ll have some action. Things will happen now, won’t they? “We need things to happen now, God.” But they didn’t. In fact, our text says, “Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights” after that point in time.
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