JULY 28 - Jeremiah 9:23-24 and Exodus 33:13-19


By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Thus saith the Lord, 'Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight,' saith the Lord."
Jeremiah 9:23-24

"Now therefore I pray thee, if I have found grace in Thy sight, show 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. And He said, 'My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.' And he said unto Him, 'If Thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. For 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.' And 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.' And he said,
'I beseech Thee, show me Thy glory.'
And He said, 'I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee, and be gracious to whom I will be gracious; and show mercy on whom I will show mercy."
Exodus 33:13-19

Memory Catcher: MOSES - Might and Oversight of Savior Extended to Seeker.
MOSES - Most Ordinary Sinner Experiences Savior.
Two acrostics speak to our profile of Moses and pave the way to God's immutable promise of who He is.
God doesn't think much of the matters that we give a great deal of thought, attention, and time to.
He's totally unconcerned about money in the bank account, titles preceding names, academic skills and impressionable suggestions we put forth.
His selection of characters throughout Old and New Testament are an adequate witness to who His favor rests and resides with:
The unchosen, unnpopular, irregular, unlikely, unsought after, unnotable "unusable" individuals.
Moses. David. Paul.
Reflect on these three high profile names alone and recognize that all three "Saints" murdered men, committed "unspeakable" crimes and, if living in our society, would be behind bars living out life sentences.
Hmmm ...
What in the world is God looking for;
What is this Holy God after?
He is looking for men who know their vileness, recognize their sinfulness, question their usefulness, are terribly aware of their weaknesses and acknowledge Him for who HE is and are overwhelmed by HIM.
If that isn't the best news of the day,
Tell me what is.
Moses absolutely captivates and is a character of  worthy admiration and close study.
He questions himself; He questions God.
He knows himself; He knows God.
He experiences emotional flux; He experiences trust in God.
His life is a mess of "humanness and surrendering" repeated over and over again.
His experience of emotion runs from anger to acceptance,
Questioning to calmness,
Wavering to wonder,
Doubt to determined trust.
Moses does life the way we all do but was subject to the scrutiny of a mass group of followers estimating millions (Scholars believe that 2.4 million is a reasonable suggestion.)
Moses never asked for the job he was given or assigned himself the man to lead God's people into the Promised Land.
Moses knew himself and he saw very little in himself.
Hmmm ...
According to scripture that's the stuff that godly men are composed of:
Individuals who know that, apart from God, they are nothing.
They possess no power,
No hope,
No strength,
No ability to lead,
Individuals who know their weaknesses and wickedness ... and determine themselves to be nothing apart from God.
These men are deemed something acceptable to God;
and He becomes what He knows the man can never be.
That God should choose such ordinary sinful men and elect them to prominent positions of service says nothing about the man and everything about God.
"Great are His wonders to witness and see;
Yet no greater wonder than Jesus loves me."
Yes indeed ... God of wonders.
Moses was a beautiful person who desired God's presence in his life in a growing and increasing measure. He knew who he was "apart from" and "away from" the people and he knew who he was apart from God.
But he also knew who he was ... in the presence of God;
And that is where he wanted to be.
That's what set Moses apart.
Moses requested to see the glory of God and it was suggestive of the communion he had with Him;
And God honored it.
God's man.
God's way.
Simply Moses.
Great God, 
Full of lovingkindness, righteousness, and judgment,
You are altogether too good and too great to articulate in words.
You understand the frailty of man yet choose to abide in the shell of man.
You understand the weakness of man yet choose to work your wonders through him.
You love so deeply,
Empower so greatly,
Desire so steadily for us to experience more of You. 
Confession of all that we are apart from You and all that we are in You is our strength. 
Show us, in our smallness,
Your greatness.
Show us in our weakness,
Your strength.