Appeal for Grace by Moses

Exodus 32:11-14.. 11 Then Moses entreated the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, ‘With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth’? Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people.

Moses did just what God told him not to do, he interceded on behalf of the people. He asks the Lord why His anger burned. God had just brought His people out of the land of Egypt with great power and a strong hand. Moses asks the Lord not to give the Egyptians an opportunity to think God was evil because He destroyed His people that He just delivered.

 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, “I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.”

Moses appealed to God’s faithfulness to His sworn covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—to greatly increase their descendents and give them the Promised Land forever. Moses’ plea for mercy was based on God’s covenant faithfulness, not on the worthiness of the people. For the people were unworthy. This is the situation today with His children.  

 14 So the Lord changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.

In response to Moses’ earnest prayer, the Lord relented and chose not to destroy the Israelites. But Moses returned to the camp and saw their great sin and became angry. Moses punished them and then again pleaded with the Lord as intercessor; if You will, forgive their sin—and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!” A  The Lord forgave all the Israelites who repented. B

I believe this is a picture of Jesus at the right hand of God as our Intercessor and Advocate–“My little children… if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ…; C and He always lives to make intercession for” His children. D

God demonstrated love and grace by sending His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins. E By His grace we are saved through faith in Jesus F and are growing to become the image of Jesus. G

God’s being faithful to His promises to Abraham gives us comfort today. We can be thankful for His mercy, grace and love for His disciples today Notes: A- Exodus 32:32; B- Exodus 32:28, 35 ; C- 1 John 2:1-2 ; D- Hebrews 7:25 ; E- Romans 5:8 ; F- Romans 10:17, Ephesians 2:8 ; G- Titus 2:11-13

Henry Luke 10/27/2017

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