There follows a period of suspense, during which the people mourned, and Moses set up a tent outside the camp. Here God came in the pillar of cloud to speak with him
- What was God’s attitude at this time: (a) towards the people, and (b) towards Moses? What were Moses’ three petitions? What answers did God give?
- How do the prayers and answers of this chapter show: (a) the growth of Moses’ desire and faith, and (b) the richness of God’s grace?
- Verses 1-3. The cause of mourning seems to be that God threatens to revoke the promise of 25:8; 29:45, 46 and to return to the earlier method of guidance by is angels (cf. 14:19; 18:20-23).
- Verse 7. This tent of meeting cannot be the tabernacle (although it was sometimes called by that name: 29:42-44; 35:21), because it was not yet built. It was apparently an ordinary tent pitched outside the camp during the period of suspense
- Show how fully God answered Moses’ request, fulfilling the promise of 33:19. Against what things was Moses, as representative of the people, sternly warned?
- As a result of his communion with God the skin of Moses’ face shone. What in the case of Christians, issues from the contemplation of the glory of Christ? Cf. 2 Cor. 3:18; Luke 11:36.
- What illustration do we find in this passage of the way in which the service of God in his church calls for the contribution of all his people, whatever their talents, rank or age? Cf. 1 Cor. 15:58.
- What examples for ourselves can be found in the spirit in which the people brought gifts, and in the value and abundance of their giving? Cf. 2 Cor. 8:1-7.