20. But, He said, you cannot see My face, for no man shall see Me and live.
21. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place beside Me, and you shall stand upon the rock,
22. And while My glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and cover you with My hand until I have passed by.
23. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen. Amp.
Rock -d) refuge.
Glory -d) splendor or copiousness, honor.
Clift (cleft) -c) a fissure
Fissure -d) a cleft or crack.
Stand -c) “histemi” abide, appoint, continue, establish.
In verse 18 Moses said, “I beseech You show me Your glory.” the Lord answered his request and put him in the cleft of the rock which we know is Jesus. He put him there to protect him. In Revelation 6:17 and Malachi 3:1-2 both speak about the coming of the Lord and who shall be able to stand?
Revelation 6:16 says, “And said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.
17. For the great day of His wrath has come and Who shall be able to stand?
The Greek word for stand is also the root word for star. God has appointed His chosen to stand in the last days. He must put us in that position where we are safe. He must establish us which means to make us stable and secure. They will be his bright lights in the darkness.
When all around is panic, fear and running from the face of God, He will have a remnant who will be seeking the face of God and His presence forevermore. Adam and Eve ran from the presence of God after they ate the apple. They could not be in God’s presence because of their sin.
It must be our daily practice to come to Him in our communion time and examine our hearts and life and let no sin remain uncovered by the blood of Jesus, or we will run the other way.
Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed her light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Amp.
Matthew 24:30 Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn and beat their breasts and lament in anguish, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory — in brilliancy and splendor. Amp.
Moses asked to see God’s glory. Jesus is coming back with great glory. Moses saw the Lord pass by as He proclaimed His Name. The Hebrew meaning for name is character. He allowed Moses to see His character — His goodness, His mercy, and His loving-kindness.
When we come into His presence in Praise and Worship, He inhabits the praises of His people. If we come in thanksgiving and covered in the blood of Jesus, we should see His glory as He passes by. If we neglect this great opportunity and wonderful gift we have been given, will we be able to stand when He comes back, and the powers of the heavens are shaking?
He told Moses that no man shall see Me and live. If we are not in the cleft of the rock, if Jesus is not our only refuge or if our sins are not covered and forgiven by the blood of Jesus, we too will be running away from His glorious face. It will mean physical and spiritual death for all who are not in the cleft of the rock which is Jesus!
If, however, we are covered by the blood of Jesus, what a glorious day that will be. He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect. Matthew 24:31
What a Glorious Day!