Let My People Go Part 13

Kingwell By Kingwell, 20th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2hxfvo8e/
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God becomes angry with his people and wants to destroy them and make a great nation of Moses and his descendents but Moses talks him out of it. When Moses comes down from Mount Sinai and sees what the people have done, he too loses his temper.

God's Wrath.

We have seen how the people became impatient because Moses had been up in Mount Sinai for such a long time, and how they had enticed Aaron to make a molten calf to represent their God in direct contrast to God’s Commandment. It seems that most had assumed that Moses had died on the mountain. Other nations had Gods that they could see and apparently the children of Israel wanted the same. God is very angry that his people have so quickly forgotten the promises that they had made and tells Moses that he is going to devour them and made a great nation of his descendants instead! What follows is a very unique conversation between a mortal man and God. Moses actually reasons with God and God changes his mind! “Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and make of thee a great nation. And Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, Lord, why doth thy anger wax hot against thy people which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? Wherefore should the Egyptians speak and say, for mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent off this evil against thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply, your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people” Exodus 32: 11-14. How fascinating is this! Moses, a mere moral asks God to repent and he does! Moses is now ready to go down from the mountain and confront the people, but can you perhaps imagine him first putting his hand on God’s shoulder, a God that may still be shaking with anger, and saying, “are you sure you will be okay if I go down”?

Moses Loes His Temper

Coming down from the mountain Moses is joined again by those who had left the camp with him, but who had been told that they could not follow him all the way. As they neared the camp Joshua heard a noise and thought it was sound of war but Moses said it was singing that they heard. Drawing still nearer to the encampment Moses suddenly sees the molten calf and now understanding what is happening, this man who just a short while ago chastised God for being so upset with his people, abruptly goes berserk! In his hands Moses carried two tablets of the testimony, given to him by God and containing the writing of God but in a frenzy he casts the tablets to the ground and breaks them in pieces. As one out of his mind, he took the calf and burnt it in the fire and grinding it to a powder he threw it in the water and ordered the people to drink it. Finally, turning to Aaron he demands: “what did this people unto thee that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them? And Aaron said let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people that they are set on mischief. For they said unto me, make us Gods that shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. And I said unto them whosoever hast any gold let them break it off. So they gave it to me then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf” Exodus 32:21-24. Moses looked upon the people and asked, “Who is on the Lord’s side? Let him come unto me and all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him” Exodus 32: 26. Where are the members of the other tribes? Unquestionably there is a division among the people and Moses understands that there were ringleaders among those who demanded that Aaron make them Gods. Something drastic had to be done to strike fear into the people if he was to regain control. “And he said unto them, thus saith the Lord God of Israel, put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour. And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: And there fell of the people that day about three thousand men” Exodus 32: 27-28.

Asking God's Forgiveness

By the following day Moses is a bit more relaxed, nevertheless he reminds the people that they have sinned a great sin by making the molten calf and worshiping it. He promises however to return to the Lord and see if he can make an atonement for their sin. This time Moses asks God to forgive the people, if however, he will not forgive but is determined to destroy them then he asks that he be blotted out as well. “And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: Behold mine angel shall go before thee: Nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them. And the Lord plagued the people because they made the calf which Aaron made” Exodus 32: 33-35. Undeniably, God is still angry and is not yet ready to forgive and forget.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 14
See Part 1

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Steve for the moderation. Blessings.

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author avatar brendamarie
21st Sep 2015 (#)

what a wonderful post. God bless, Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Sep 2015 (#)

Thank You Brendamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
21st Sep 2015 (#)

Another winner! Blessings!

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
21st Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks ~ Kingwell ~ for sharing this great post. Richest Blessings..

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Helen. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
22nd Sep 2015 (#)

yes the bible stories are rehashed stories of ancient babylon where they were in capitvity the stories come down from the epic of gilgamesh which I wrote about already

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. Yes many of the Old Testament stories can be found in earlier writings. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
23rd Sep 2015 (#)

"And the Lord repented of the evil"

I wonder who punishes God for committing evil then?

Moses committed far greater evils killing off all those people than the creating of a gold image, methinks.

Thought provoking article again Kingwell

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author avatar Kingwell
23rd Sep 2015 (#)

I'm with you on this one too spirited but people think so differently today. Despite all our short comings the world is a far better place today. Thanks for your comment. Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
23rd Sep 2015 (#)

Awesome post Kingwell!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
23rd Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you Fern. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
23rd Sep 2015 (#)

Kingwell, the fact that Moses and God talked about what was going on and the good and bad that took place amazes me beyond words. I wish I could have heard the conversations. Blessings to you today and always.

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Sep 2015 (#)

Yes Nancy,that is one time when it would have been nice to be a fly on the wall lol! Thank you for commenting my friend. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Sep 2015 (#)

Yes Nancy,that is one time when it would have been nice to be a fly on the wall lol! Thank you for commenting my friend. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Sep 2015 (#)

Very interesting Kingwell to reflect on God's actions and emotions which are more like human. He is willing to listen and even repent! We have come far from such times.

Has God made a mistake in creating us & and then will He make amends as we do not seem to learn from history? siva

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Sep 2015 (#)

All very interesting to ponder my friend. Thank you for your comment. Blessings.

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