March 29, 2018

Exodus 40:34–38 (NLT) — 34 Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. 35 Moses could no longer enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. 36 Now whenever the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out on their journey, following it. 37 But if the cloud did not rise, they remained where they were until it lifted. 38 The cloud of the Lord hovered over the Tabernacle during the day, and at night fire glowed inside the cloud so the whole family of Israel could see it. This continued throughout all their journeys.

I am going to let Maxie Dunnam comment on this for us today:

When I think of Moses, I think about Mark Connally’s classic play Green Pastures, in particular one moving scene. That play does not come from the Book of Exodus but from the later story of Moses leading God’s people, and the scene to which I refer is one in which Moses watches the people as they go into the Promised Land. It seems to be one of the tragedies of the whole story. Though Moses had given his life to deliver the people out of bondage, he could not go with them into the Promised Land. The setting is Mount Moab. From the mountain, Moses can look across the horizon and see the destination, the end toward which they had been moving for forty years. He knows that he is not going to be able to go with them. His day is coming to an end, and Joshua has already taken his place.
With powerful imagination, Mark Connally has Moses on the stage, sitting on a rock, in brooding reflection, as the twelve tribes pass by to receive his final blessing. They pass him by and march off toward the land of Caanan. As they go, the mighty emancipator’s shoulders sag, and his head bows low. With every sound of the retreating footsteps of his fellow Hebrews, the light on the stage grows dimmer and dimmer, until the stage is almost in total darkness.
Suddenly, you are aware that Moses is not alone. There’s somebody else on the stage, behind him. The Presence walks over to where Moses is sitting. Gently, He lays His hand on Moses’ shoulder. Without looking up, Moses, who has experienced that Presence so vividly time and time again, knows who it is. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, his shoulders begin to straighten and he raises his head. He says, “You’s wid me, Lawd, ain’t ya? You’s wid me.”
And back comes the answer, “Co’se, Ah is, my chile; co’se Ah is.” That’s all Moses needed to know, and that’s all we need to know, isn’t it? That the God who is holy love is with us.

As Cleo and I celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary today that is all we need to know that the God who loves us dearly is with us. I also suspect that that is all you need to know.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Toni Ericson says

    Happy Anniversary!
    Smile and let love live!