A Rock Cleft View



What a bold request! Honestly, this passage in Exodus has puzzled me. I have been chewing on this excerpt for a while now, and I think this passage is so permeated with meaning, I cannot even begin to draw it all out.

Moses wanted to go to a deeper level with God. He wanted to see the glory of His God. He wanted far more than just his needs met. Moses wanted Him. And God willingly honored Moses’ request.

And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” Exodus 33:19-20

This made me think about my own prayer life. What does the majority of my prayers consist of? Requests? Now don’t get me wrong, bringing requests and needs before the Lord is certainly a very important aspect of our prayer lives. But I don’t think requests should monopolize our prayers.

I think He should.

It’s a topic shift. It’s changing the focus from us and our needs to Him.

Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” Exodus 33:18

I wonder though.

Is that what I really want? Do I truly want to see God’s glory? Do I spend time with God because I want things from Him or am I seeking Him to know and love Him more?  Can I be so bold to make that kind of request?

What are the implications of seeing His glory?

Oh yes, there’s a cost.

I am finding that the deeper I go with the Lord, the more sinful areas in my own life are brought to the surface. The light of His glory brings to light places in me that need to be purified.

In order to see more of Him, more of me must be stripped away. 

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. Psalm 24:3-4

Interestingly, when God’s glory was revealed to Moses, he had to be covered by His hand in a cleft of a rock.

Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.” Exodus 33:22

Here’s the coolest part! If we are His, we’ve already seen His glory. It’s already been revealed to us.  Not only has God shown us His glory, He gave us His glory.

His Son–Jesus Christ

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

And just like Moses, we have been granted access to His glory from a Rock Cleft view. The Rock of Jesus Christ. And it is Jesus’ nail scarred hand and crimson blood that covers us there so we can experience the amazing glory of God in our lives.

Yes, we can behold His glory because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

So if  Jesus Christ is living inside of us, we have not only seen God’s glory, we have God’s glory.


Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” Exodus 33:18

So how do we pray a prayer like that? I don’t know. I think this is a prayer we could spend our entire lives trying to figure out. But I do think that when we spend time with Him in prayer, we need to seek Him more than we seek the things that He can give. Let’s spend more time worshipping Him, praising Him, adoring Him, getting to know Him, and falling in love with Him.

And above all, make sure you have a Rock Cleft view!





2 thoughts on “A Rock Cleft View

  1. I believe God loves when we bring our concerns to him. Don’t get me wrong, God is not a blessing ATM that pumps out grace. I do however think he loves having a relationship with me including those things that seem insignificant. For a long time I felt that I could not bring certain things to God because they were petty in the grand picture. However I have adjusted my stance on this to believe that God does care about the small stuff. Yes he cares about those who are lost, sick, in need and I should pray for them, but he also cares about what is going on with me today. I don’t foresee anything life-changing occurring today but he still cares and wants to be a part of it. All to often I look to God when I am on peaks or in a valley. I want to also share with him as I travel in between. Pray without ceasing.

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