The Graciousness of Providence
Guest Columnist: GOD ( Exodus 33:12)

The idea that anyone of sincerity and of sound reasoning could possibly assert the Five Books of Moses were a compilation of various writers and not meant to be taken at face value is very hard to fathom. To me, both the content and style of the Bible are so unique that I can offer the reader literally hundreds of examples of text that could not have possibly been conceived by the human mind. Perhaps I shall do so one day in another column. But for now, I urge the reader to think seriously about what our guest columnist has to say, for He is none other than God Himself!

  And Moses said unto the LORD, "See, You say to me, 'Bring up this people,' yet You have not let me known whom You will send with me. You also said, 'I know you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.' Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You, that I may find grace in Your sight, and consider that this nation is Your people."
  And He said, "My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest."
  And he said unto Him, "If Your presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. For wherein shall it be known here that I and Your people have found grace in Your sight? Is it not in that You go with us, so that we are distinguished, I and Your people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth?"
  And the LORD said unto Moses, "I will also do that of which you have spoken, for you have found favor in My sight, and I know you by name."
  And he said, "I beseech You, show me Your glory."
 And He said, "I will make all My goodness pass before you; I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy." And He said further, You cannot see My face: for no human can see My face and live."
  And the LORD said, "Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand upon a rock: and it shall come to pass, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by: Then I will remove My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen."
  And the LORD said unto Moses, "Hew two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write upon these tablets the words that were in the first tablets, which you shattered. And be ready in the morning, and ascend in the morning unto Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to Me on the mountaintop. And no man may ascend with you; neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount."
  And he hewed two tables of stone like the first ones; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and ascended Mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tablets of stone. And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the Name of the LORD.
 And the LORD passed before him, and proclaimed, "The LORD, The LORD GOD, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy unto the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, although 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."
  And Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped. And he said, "If now I have found favor in Your sight, Oh Lord, let My Lord, I pray you, go among us; for it is a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for Your inheritance."
  And He said, "Behold, I make a covenant: before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among which you are shall see the work of the LORD—for it shall be awesome."


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I think it proper to remain here for some time in the contemplation of God himself—that I may ponder at leisure his marvelous attributes—and behold, admire, and adore the beauty of this light so unspeakably great, as far, at least, as the strength of my mind, which is to some degree dazzled by the sight, will permit. For just as we learn by faith that the supreme felicity of another life consists in the contemplation of the Divine majesty alone, so even now we learn from experience that a like meditation, though incom- parably less perfect, is the source of the highest satisfaction of which we are susceptible in this life.

Rene Descartes:
[Meditation III]

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