Exodus 32:7-10.. 7 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go down at once, for your people, whom you brought up from the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves.
God is able to be angry because His anger and judgments are absolutely true and right, while our anger is often filled with jealousy and bitterness. The communion between God and Moses was interrupted by the actions of rebellion and idolatry of God’s people. Sin is always disruptive.
Vv.8-9 gives us this perspective on the rebellion of God’s people:
8 They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them. They have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and have sacrificed to it and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!’” 9 The Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, they are an obstinate people.
God knew that:
His people turned away from Him and His commandments;
they made a false god that was no god at all;
they worshiped and offered sacrifices to this false god;
they assigned glory and honor to this false god; and
all of this was due to the fact that they were a “obstinate people.”
10 Now then let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation.”
God had every right to judge, and even destroy, His people. Verse 10 gives us the initial verdict of God regarding the idolatry and rebellion of His people:
to let Him alone—that is, for Moses to make no appeal for mercy for His people;
that His anger would burn against His people;
that He desired to destroy His people; and
that He would begin a new nation and a new people with Moses.
Today disciples can avoid God’s disipline by avoiding any acts that are rebellion against God and His commandments.
Henry Luke 10/24/2017
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