“Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”Exodus 34:5-7
Peace and good to all.
If I may share my personal reflection on the above passage from the Book of Exodus.
This is the passage when Moses was asking God to reveal Himself to him, and while God did not reveal Himself visually, He revealed Himself verbally.
He revealed His character to Moses. He told Moses who God really is, it was God Himself lecturing to Moses who He is and proclaiming and sharing to Moses even His name. He is the Lord, He is Yahweh our God. In this God’s revelation to Moses of His character, the image of Jesus comes into my mind. It is Jesus that I see from these characters of God and why not, Jesus is Himself God.
In His revealed characters, God is saying that: we have a merciful and gracious God; who is slow to anger; full of unwavering love and faithfulness to all; a forgiving God. And, these characters of God is exactly what those who are not yet with Jesus, should understand and know. No one is too far gone for his sins not to be forgiven by God, for God is merciful and mercy is what sinners need. They just have to acknowledge their sins, and to repent on their sins and plead for God’s mercy for mercy is extended to those who are helpless.
God is also gracious in that He gives favor to whomever He chooses and He gives beyond than what we expected or prayed for.
God also is slow to anger, He does not easily get mad to His people, He does not easily punish, because He wants us to have time to repent, to acknowledge that we have sinned, and, therefore, for us to experience His grace and mercy.
God is full of love to His people, to those who accept Him. And, if I can define what love is, it is GOD. God is love. Where else can you find an unconditional love like that of God, except from Him only and His love never ends because He is the source of love. And, with all the promises that God gave us as part of His covenant to us whom He calls His children, remember that God is faithful, He makes true with all His promises to us and I believe Him.