Summary: Many times, we get discouraged when we fail, but in this message, we will learn that God is compassionate and slow to anger that He is offering a second chance for us to be forgiven and be restored back to Him.
THE GOD OF THE SECOND CHANCE
Exodus 34:1-4 "The Lord said to Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones,and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. 2 Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain. 3 No one is to come with you or be seen anywhere on the mountain; not even the flocks and herds may graze in front of the mountain.” 4 So Moses chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones and went up Mount Sinai early in the morning, as the Lord had commanded him; and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands."
THE GOD OF THE SECOND CHANCE
We are now on the 34 chapter of the Book of Exodus.
This is the chapter of a new beginning for the people of Israel.
When the new stone tablets will be created so that God could write again the Ten Commandments.
Remember that in the previous chapter, Moses broke it before the people because he was so angry after seeing the golden calf and the people danced before it.
Consequently, the people were almost destroyed because of their idolatry.
But God showed His mercy and compassion.
He forgave His people and gave them another chance.
Moses went up to the mountain to talk face to face with God.
There in the mountain, God renewed His covenant with His people.
That if they will obey the Lord's command, they will be blessed and God will drive out all their enemies from the Land.
God gave them various commands as well with regards it the Sabbath and the first fruit of their harvest.
Moses spent forty days and forty night in the mountain without eating bread or drinking water.
Afterwards, he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant and the Ten Commandments God gave him.
Then, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant in his hands, he was not even aware that his face was radiant after speaking with the Lord.
Because the people were afraid to come near him, he put a veil over his face.
But whenever he entered the Lord's presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out.
God's presence was again seen and felt in the camp because of this second chance from the Lord.
In the same manner, just like the Israelites, we all have failed God miserably because of our sin.
We all have fallen short of God's laws.
We deserve God's judgment and punishment.
We know that there is no hope in this kind of predicament.
But God is a God of the second chance.
That is what the story of God's redemption is all about.
No matter what we have done in the past.
No matter how many times we have broken the Commandments.
No matter where and how far we have wandered from the path of life.
God is offering us a second chance for us to be forgiven.
A second chance to be restored back our relationship with Him.
A second chance to make a fresh start with our lives in following His Words.
God is saying, "Come back. I can take the shame out of your life and make you as white as snow.