“‘I have seen these people,’ the Lord said to Moses, ‘and they are a stiff-necked people. 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.’ But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand?’”

– Exodus 32:9-11

Today, I want to offer a few more thoughts on the story of the golden calf that we talked about yesterday. While God was giving Moses the Ten Commandments on the top of the mountain, the Lord looked down on the Israelites and was so abhorred by their blatant disobedience that He vowed to destroy them all. They had rebelled against Him too many times, and He was ready to start over with just Moses and his family, much like he had with Noah before the flood. However, unlike Noah, Moses immediately came to the defense of his brothers and sisters. Had he been a prideful man, he might have gloried in the thought of being the father of a new nation, but he chose to be a humble and valiant ambassador for his people. While he knew that they were stiff-necked and arrogant, he cared for their souls, and He was also concerned about the Lord’s reputation among the kings of the earth. After all, what would they say if they heard that Yahweh was impetuous, angry, and vengeful toward the ones He had chosen? Because he cared about his God and his fellow man, Moses exercised chutzpah and courageously argued with his Creator. Amazingly, at his plea, the Lord relented and vowed not to destroy the Isrealites, thereby proving again that He loves the undaunted faith of those who boldly speak truth and stand up for what they believe in. 

My friend, like Moses, you can courageously approach God and tell Him what’s on your mind. You’ve been made righteous in His sight by the blood of Jesus, so you can enter His throne room with confidence and pour yourself out before Him. When it comes to the people you care about, He invites you to stand in the gap and plead for mercy, because it delights Him when you lift up and go after those who haven’t found their soul’s true home. The Lord is blessed by your fervor, and He stands ready to add His power to your undaunted zeal for bringing others into His Kingdom! 


Jesus, give me a heart like Moses, and fill me with passion for those who are lost and hurting.


Is there someone in your life who is lost? How can you stand in the gap for them today?


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