02.03.2017 – Old Testament: Exo 32.11–14
To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 31–33 on February 3, In the year of our Lord 2017
By Don Ruhl
Israel sinned by declaring that a golden calf god had delivered them from Egypt. The Lord God then was ready to wipe out Israel and start over with Moses. However, the man of God pleaded with God,
“LORD, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.” So the LORD relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people (Exodus 32.11–14).
Moses had such a great opportunity to have a new nation built upon him, but he turned it down, for his life was wrapped up in Israel. Therefore, he would do whatever was possible to save them, including speaking directly to God that He might turn His wrath away from Israel.
Amazingly, God listened to Moses and changed His plans! Yet, it does not surprise us because He is a God of grace and mercy.
- Do you understand the influence you have with God?
- Do you pray?
- If so, for what do you pray?
- Are you using your influence with God for the sake of the church?