A Moses Moment

In today’s first reading from Exodus we hear that God was so angry about the depravity that had spread among the people of Israel that he intended to destroy them.  However, in a moment of supreme courage, Moses pled with the Lord to spare the Israelites from destruction, and the Lord relented.

This is good news.  If God would forgive the sins of his wayward people on the urging of Moses, how much more will he be merciful to us who believe in his son Jesus?

The LORD said to Moses,
“Go down at once to your people
whom you brought out of the land of Egypt,
for they have become depraved.
They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them,
making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it,
sacrificing to it and crying out,
‘This is your God, O Israel,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt!'”
The LORD said to Moses,
“I see how stiff-necked this people is.
Let me alone, then,
that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.
Then I will make of you a great nation.”

But Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying,
“Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people,
whom you brought out of the land of Egypt
with such great power and with so strong a hand?
Why should the Egyptians say,
‘With evil intent he brought them out,
that he might kill them in the mountains
and exterminate them from the face of the earth’?
Let your blazing wrath die down;
relent in punishing your people.
Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel,
and how you swore to them by your own self, saying,
‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky;
and all this land that I promised,
I will give your descendants as their perpetual heritage.'”
So the LORD relented in the punishment
he had threatened to inflict on his people.

His love endures forever!

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One Response to A Moses Moment

  1. Nancy Novicki says:

    (More like Evening Cocktail for me). Ah! The power of prayer!

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