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This Israelites were distinguished from other people by God’s Presence. Isn’t that what distinguishes us Christians today from others too?

BibleGateway: Exodus 33:12-23

ESV Text: Exodus 33:12-23

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:2 and ends at about 4:1

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     12 And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. 13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. 14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. 15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. 16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. 17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. 18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. 19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. 20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. 21 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 246:
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

— Organ Audio

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1. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! 
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee; 
Holy holy, holy, merciful and mighty! 
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity! 

2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee, 
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; 
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee, 
Which wert and art and evermore shalt be. 

3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee, 
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see, 
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee, 
Perfect in power, in love, and purity. 

4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! 
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea. 
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! 
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!