And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.
There are terrible consequences when God’s people abandon him for our own ways, an idol we can control. After the shocking incident at the bottom of Mount Sinai, Moses now stands in the gap between God and the people who have turned away, and pleads for mercy, a moving picture of our place in prayer. God continues speak to His people through Moses as the mediator and calls them to repent. Moses does not give up and continues to meet with God, begging Him to go with them for the honor of His name. God promises not to withdraw His presence from the people. He reveals his name as he tenderly shows himself to Moses in all his glory.
But what about the Ark of his presence and the Tabernacle? Some of the gold that should have been for worship has been used as an idol. How would they carry God’s presence now?
And what if we have held on to the gold, held something back, have let our past and our experiences become our identity or allowed it to become first in our hearts? Is it too late? Exodus gives us a vivid picture in response. God graciously gives the law again, the sign that they are still his beloved covenant people. Then he instructs Moses to ask for a free will offering from the people
Exodus 35:21 says” All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the LORD. They brought all the materials needed for the Tabernacle. 22 Both men and women came, all whose hearts were willing. They brought to the LORD their offerings of gold—brooches, earrings, rings from their fingers, and necklaces. They presented gold objects of every kind as a special offering to the LORD.
Our God is a God of second chances whose name is love and grace and compassion.
So much was given; Moses has to tell the whole camp
“Men and women, don’t prepare any more gifts for the sanctuary. We have enough!” Their contributions were more than enough to complete the whole project.” )Ex. 36:6-7)
God’s presence and glory would go with them and make them his own worshipping people. This is the God of more than enough grace to give you all of his presence and love, extravagantly. It is never too late to come to the cross of his mercy and offer all of yourself to Jesus. So let’s come.
Weekly Prayer Focus
Pray: Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy
and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Pray that you and those you are praying for will know the God of second chances and know it is never to offer all of yourself to him. Pray that you and they will be confident to approach the throne of grace and receive the mercy and grace of Jesus. Pray that the Holy Spirit will fill you so that you know his presence with you and in you.