Friday, February 12, 2016

God’s Affectability, Friendship, Presence, and Glory

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God’s Affectability, Friendship, Presence, and Glory
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In today’s Viewer Guide lesson, Beth spoke to us about God’s affectability, friendship, presence, and glory.  The lesson is based on Exodus 33.

At this point, the Israelites have reached a breaking point.  Their behavior has been less than appreciative.  In fact, they’ve been a stubborn people.  Their relationship with God, even after all He has provided them, is all but broken.  Remember, God was about to completely destroy them, but Moses changed God’s mind.

 Here are a few notes I made during today’s lesson.

God's Affectability, Friendship, Presence, and Glory 

God’s affectability:  God could have created the universe to function any way He wanted.  He chose love.

When you sign up for love, you sign up for pain.

God’s friendship:  Friends usually share secrets.  Friends share things with one another that noone else gets to know.
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. – John 15:13-15

Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. – Matthew 13:11-12
Friends share small talk.  Two things that make one friend closer than others is secrets and small talk.

God’s Presence:  When we “stand in the gap” for others, God is with us.  He is present.

*What if “standing in the gap” not only means standing between someone who needs God and God, but also in the space between the petition and the Revelation.  Moses stood in that space when he changed God’s mind about destroying the Israelites.

God’s Glory:  Sometimes glory is painful but it is always good.
Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!”  Then the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by.  Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.” – Exodus 33:18-23
A Woman’s Heart:  God’s Dwelling Place by Beth Moore is a powerful Bible study.  To gain wisdom and knowledge from Beth’s study, I recommend you complete the entire study either on your own or in a group. 

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