Our Coming King

December 9th

God Links His Nature and His Glory to His Name

“And he said, I beseech thee, shew 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 will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy

Exodus 33:18-19

Daily Devotional

December 9th

Moses asked the LORD, “Show me now Your way that I may know You… Please, Show me Your glory.” The LORD replied, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed,

The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

The two-part structure of the passage in Exodus 34 may be seen from the double pronouncement of the NAME to the balanced presentation of the 30 words that presented the nature of the LORD. After the double-pronouncement of the name, which occurs only here in all of the Hebrew Bible, the LORD used 15 words to describe His mercy and grace, and another 15 words to describe His justice and wrath—or by letter count, 55 letters given to grace and 51 to justice.

This statement was in response to Moses’ request to know the LORD’s “way” (Exodus 33:13). The LORD revealed Himself as both a God of mercy and grace, and as a God of justice and wrath. Taken together, this appears as the best definition of “Holy”— meaning “set apart” by His wonderful nature. In this way the seraphim (Isaiah 6:3) and the Living Creatures (Revelation 4:8) praise Him round the clock as “Holy, Holy, Holy.”

(Exodus 34:6-7)

Dr. K. Kilpatrick

Kingdom of God in Focus (Copyright: EngraftedBranches Press, 2021)

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