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Exodus 24:12-18

The Glory of God

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Exodus 24:12-18

The Glory of God

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Many Old Testament stories are exciting adventures. You may remember that Moses was the man who led the Israelites out of Egypt and along the way he and that great band of people had many adventures.

In today’s story God said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and stay here, and I will give you the tables of stone…” (24:12). The Ten Commandments were written on these two pieces of stone and they are our rules for living a good life.

So Moses went up on the mountain and a cloud covered the mountain for six days. On the seventh day God called to Moses “out of the midst of the cloud” (24:16).

In the Bible, when we read about the appearance of God, God is often surrounded in clouds. Why do you think that is?

Have you ever seen anything so beautiful it almost takes your breath away? Sometimes I see things in nature that are so beautiful I don’t know what to do. It could be silvery stars in an inky blue sky or a goldfinch the color of the sun.

Think of the most beautiful thing you have ever seen. The Bible teaches us that the “glory of God” is so much more than that. Perhaps we would be overwhelmed if we were able to see God. We wouldn’t know what was happening or what to do. There are many things we don’t know about God and that’s okay. The mystery of God is beautiful.

When the time is right we will learn more and until then, like Moses, we will trust that God knows us, loves us, and wants the best for us.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan