2/9/2018 – Exodus Chapters 30-32
Oh, what differences we see in these chapters — from continued instructions on how the nation of Israel was to worship the Lord (Chapter 30), to the conferring of special gifts to perform this work on Bezalel and Oholiab (Chapter 31) to the utter contempt shown the Lord by the Nation (Chapter 32.) And less we forget Aaron, the one who stood in the presence of God with Moses and was chosen as their priest, neglected his leadership role and, was, instead, lead by the people to participate in this travesty.
Sure Moses had been “away on the mountain” since Chapter 20 but it was only for 40 days and 40 nights (from January 1, 2018 until today) I can fully relates to the Lord’s initial reaction in Exodus 32: 9-10 (& I would have wanted to do the same:)
9 “I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. 10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”
Note that the Lord was still going to fulfill His promise to Abraham, Jacob, and Moses to create a “great nation.” But even more importantly stand in awe of the grace of the Lord following Moses’s plea:
Genesis 32:14: Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.
Moses interceded for the Nation of Israel. Under the new covenant we are certainly blessed to also have an intercessor who will speak in our behalf before the Lord.
Hebrews 7:25 — “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”