When one considers the lengths that God went to in order to free the Israelites, it is not difficult to accept that he would destroy them for simply abandoning him.
Still, even this horrible betrayal showed that God’s pick of Moses was the right one. He stood as a barrier between God’s wrath and the people. What’s more, he convinced God to spare them. The people’s sin was great, but, somehow, God’s grace was greater.
In our lives, Jesus acts like Moses. He stands between God’s wrath and us. No matter the sin, through Christ, God forgives us and leads us. We then are called to be like him and walk in his footsteps. We represent him to the world. As we do, others will see him and choose also to follow.
We must, like Moses, seek God and trust him to withhold his wrath because he loves us.
God Bless You
Then the Lord said, “I have seen how stubborn and rebellious these people are.
Now leave me alone so my fierce anger can blaze against them, and I will destroy them. Then I will make you, Moses, into a great nation.”
But Moses tried to pacify the Lord his God. “O Lord!” he said. “Why are you so angry with your own people whom you brought from the land of Egypt with such great power and such a strong hand?
Why let the Egyptians say, ‘Their God rescued them with the evil intention of slaughtering them in the mountains and wiping them from the face of the earth’? Turn away from your fierce anger. Change your mind about this terrible disaster you have threatened against your people!
Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You bound yourself with an oath to them, saying, ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven. And I will give them all of this land that I have promised to your descendants, and they will possess it forever.’”
So the Lord changed his mind about the terrible disaster he had threatened to bring on his people.