5. a. In verse 13a, Moses asked the Lord for a greater understanding of the way He thinks and operates.
The Amplified version has a more detailed explanation of its meaning: “…progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, perceiving and recognizing and understanding more strongly and clearly…”
Andrew Wommack says “Moses knew the Lord as no one else on earth did, yet he was pleading to know God more. The more we know the Lord, the more we want to know about the Lord. There is no end to His greatness. It cannot be totally searched out (Ecclesiastes 3:11, Romans 11:33, and 1 Corinthians 2:9-10). Knowing the Lord becomes addictive. Regardless of how much we know Him, we always want to know Him more (Philippians 3:10).
b. I began to read the Bible almost daily when I was about eight. It didn’t begin to come alive to me until I was fifteen. Phrases, verses, and passages began to jump out at me.
Many times, I’ve had questions about a specific topic I wanted to understand better. Topics such as worship, prayer, healing, God’s glory, prophecy, grace, and others. Every time, I’ve found teachers via tapes and now the internet who have much insight in that specific area.
Often, a song gets stuck on continuous play in my spirit. Show Me Your Ways was one of those songs several years ago.
Written by Russell John Frager—
Show me Your ways
That I may walk with You
Show me Your ways
I put my hope in You
The cry of my heart
Is to love You more
To live with the
Touch of Your hand
Stronger each day
Show me Your ways
I believe the Holy Spirit prompted me to ask about BSF. I didn’t know any details, other than a family member attended an in-depth Bible study. I asked her about it, and here I am. I hope to finish the entire eight years.
c. Moses prayed, “remember that this nation is your very own people.” Exodus 33:13 Moses reminded the Lord of HIs covenant relationship with the Israelites.
d. The desire for my own spiritual growth leads me to pray for my family, friends, and those who will die today. It’s not just a matter of eternity. My life would lack meaning, destiny, and peace without the Lord as my redeemer and friend.
6. Characteristics that distinguish a person who knows God from one who does not—the presence of the living God in our life and the resulting impact. It isn’t just a set of rules and beliefs, but a relationship with a living person.
As an outgrowth of this relationship, the believer will bear good fruit—
- love—”Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35
7. a. When Moses asked God to show him His glory, he might have expected to see one of the previous manifestations. But it seems likely, he wanted to see more. Since God says He won’t show His face, that must have been Moses desire. God certainly knew his thoughts.
b. God promised Moses He would—
- Do what he asked.
- Look favorably on him.
- Make all my goodness pass before you.
- I will call out my name.
- I will show mercy and compassion to anyone I choose.
- I will pass by and let you see my from behind.
c. God would not let Moses see His face because no one can see His face and live. I wonder if that was old covenant?
Interestingly, the old testament encourages us to seek His face several times. (Sometimes the word “face” is translated “presence” and other ways in KJV.)
The Lord isn’t saying He would kill Moses if he saw the Lord; He is just saying that he can’t live after seeing the Lord.
It’s probable that the glory of the Lord is so awesome that we just can’t handle that much power in these frail bodies. They would die. It’s comparable to exposing a mold to light. It can’t survive in the light. Likewise, we can’t approach the pure light of God without it killing us. Andrew Wommack