Bible Studies
Written by Jim Jordal   
Tuesday, 22 August 2017


By Jim Jordal

 Yahweh spoke to Moses, "Go, get down; for your people, who you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it, and have sacrificed to it, and said, 'These are your gods, Israel, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt.'" Yahweh said to Moses, "I have seen these people, and behold, they are a stiff-necked people.  Now therefore leave me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them, and that I may consume them; and I will make of you a great nation." Moses begged Yahweh his God, and said, "Yahweh, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, that you have brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, 'He brought them forth for evil, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the surface of the earth?' Turn from your fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against 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 seed as the stars of the sky, and all this land that I have spoken of I will give to your seed, and they shall inherit it forever.'" Yahweh repented of the evil which he said he would do to his people.      Exodus 32:7-14 WEB

Romans 15:4 and I Corinthians 10:11 both tell us that Old Testament scenarios or historical accounts were written for our learning and admonition. They become especially valuable during difficult times such as today so that we might have hope and ability to deal effectively with whatever issues intrude upon our safety and peace of mind.

Today this country has many such issues, all of which pose serious threats to our people and the earth itself. In the example above, the first threat to national well-being lay in the penchant of the people to quickly corrupt themselves by turning aside from God and his ways taught by his The graphic evidence of their religious corruption was the golden calf commissioned by Aaron in response to public pressure for something visible to worship and to credit for their deliverance from Egypt.

This arrogant, stubborn faithlessness angered God to the extent that he determined to destroy them. Notice though that God did not hide his destructive will from Moses, but shared with him his desire to destroy the corrupt and malicious people. This sharing of Divine intent is explained by the prophet Amos in this manner: “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).

So the people of God faced destruction in the wilderness due to their perfidy in obeying his commandments. The fearsome task of directly confronting God concerning his anger and petulance at his erring people fell to Moses, who evidently was the only Israelite with enough standing before God to be accepted.

The prayer of Moses consisted of several parts---all of them necessary to its success. First, Moses simply asked why this had happened. It would have been a factious question had not Moses already determined to act as God directed to end the problem. Next, Moses reminded God concerning his past relationship with the people when he mysteriously and miraculously brought them out of Egypt. Then Moses asked what would be the effect upon God’s sovereignty should he now destroy his people, thus allowing arrogant Egyptian leaders to  claim that God’s Egypt deliverance was only so he could destroy them later.

Moses then petitioned God to “turn from your fierce wrath and repent of this evil against your people.” He beseeched God to remember the promises he had made to the patriarchs concerning their eternal inheritance of the land and future blessings. And God repented of the evil he had thought to bring upon the people.

Will things ever again come to a situation as fraught with danger as this? It could, and if it does God will need followers like Moses, ready to “stand in the gap” for the salvation of the nation.

Are you ready to be one of them?