My father had a rather good-sized nose! He would often kid about it saying that when he had a cold, he got his money’s worth! That was our Dad! A great guy. Someone you enjoyed being with. Even with his large nose! A person who can laugh at themselves is a joy.
Where am I going with this? Exodus 34 is one of the most amazing chapters in all the Bible. The Lord passes in front of Moses on Mount Sinai, proclaiming who He is. How compassionate He is. How gracious and giving. Slow to anger, forgiving not only slight matters but also ‘…wickedness, rebellion and sin’ (v. 7).
What about my father’s nose? None of your business! Well, I guess it is, since I mention it! One of the attributes of God is His being ‘slow to anger’. Literally, in Hebrew language, ‘long of nose’! My father would agree! The Lord is patient and long-suffering, slow to anger with ‘long of nose’.
What does that mean? Hebrew people picturethe body’s blood travelling from the tip of your toes to the end of your nose. A long journey. Apt picture of someone with patience and a long-fuse. If God were otherwise, we’d all be toast in a matter of seconds. Me first!
But God hangs in there with us. Waits for us to come to our senses, turn around and run to Him for salvation found in His Son Jesus.
I’m glad I had a father with a large nose. I’m really glad I have a Heavenly Father with a ‘long nose’ of patience, compassion and understanding. Aren’t you glad also?
Lord, for your loving patience, we thank you. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.