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Three Iron Nails by Dr. Carl G. Chewning

I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you.
[Exodus 33:19]

A Glimpse of God’s Glory

God places his servant in the cleft of a rock, telling Moses: “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live… I… will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen” (Exodus 33:20, 22–23).

And so Moses, cowering beneath the umbrella of God’s palm, waits, surely with face bowed, eyes covered, and pulse racing, until God gives the signal. When the hand lifts, Moses’ eyes do the same and catch a distant, disappearing glance of the back parts of God. The heart and center of the Maker is too much for Moses to bear. A fading glimpse will have to do. I’m seeing the long gray hair of Moses wind-whipped forward and his leathery hand grabbing a rock in the wall lest he fall[…]

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