I find it very comforting God covered Moses with His hand in a crevice as He passed over him. Moses was allowed to see His back.
The Lord had commanded Moses to take His people and leave Egypt. To go to the land He had promised to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. God told Moses He would not go with them, “because you are a stiff-necked people; otherwise I might destroy you on the way.”
The conversation between God and Moses in the Tent of Meeting is powerful and instructive. Moses provides an example to me. He knows God’s Word toward himself and the people. Moses reasons with God using them. “You have been telling me…”; “You have said,”; “Remember that this nation is Your people.”
Moses does not use Gods Words to remind God of what He has said, but rather to prove he knows Gods word. How well do I know Gods Word, I ask myself.
The Lord answered Moses by telling him His presence would go with him and He would give them rest—“…for you have found favor in My sight, and I know you by name.”
Moses then asked God to “show me Your glory.”
The Lord said He would cause His goodness to pass before him. But, “You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live.”
“…I will put you in a cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by…” the Lord told Moses.
To God be the glory! The mercy He bestows upon us! The example Moses gave us, i.e., we can reason with God, we can ask questions of God. But to me and most important is, we must know Gods Word.
Ref: Exodus 33