After days of intercession and discussion, Moses and God came to terms. Moses cut new stone tablets and headed up the mountain to meet God. God, for His part, made a new covenant with the people to drive out their enemies and inhabit their inheritance.
It is a very interesting scenario. Moses and God both forgiving the people and both working for their blessing. Moses carving out new stones and climbing the Mountain alone to meet God. God forgiving the outright rebellion and lack of faith for a group he freed, led and fed.
The picture of covenant commitment is very real. God never stopped loving Israel, He was plenty angry with them, as was Moses. The good news was that both were committed to seeing God’s promise fulfilled. So, Moses cut the stones, climbed the mountain, and listened to the Lord as He prepared Moses for the journey that lie ahead.
We can never give up on God. God never gives up on us. When we ask him to be a part of our life, God enters that covenant with His eyes wide open. Like Israel, we have an advocate–Jesus, who intercedes on our behalf when we make foolish choices and sin against God. We must remember the pain our choices cause, but, as with Moses, we need to remember God continues to march forward with us to bring us to the promised land which is our eternity in Heaven.
He will go to amazing lengths to secure us and will forgive great sin. He simply asks that we trust and follow Him to the end of this amazing journey.
God Bless You
The Lord said to Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. 2 Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain. 3 No one is to come with you or be seen anywhere on the mountain; not even the flocks and herds may graze in front of the mountain.”
4 So Moses chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones and went up Mount Sinai early in the morning, as the Lord had commanded him; and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands. 5 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
8 Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped. 9 “Lord,” he said, “if I have found favor in your eyes, then let the Lord go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, forgive our wickedness and our sin, and take us as your inheritance.”
10 Then the Lord said: “I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the Lord, will do for you. 11 Obey what I command you today. I will drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 12 Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you. 13 Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles.[a] 14 Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.