CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 41

KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 32:11 ” And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?”

(Read. Exodus 32:1–35)

The children of Israel broke the law of God by making a golden calf to worship it. The Lord decides to destroy all of them. In Exodus 32:10 he said “Now let me alone that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them and I will make of thee a great nation”. The Lord said Moses should permit Him to destroy the whole of the children of Israel. Why did He say so? Why didn’t He just go ahead and destroyed them.

From the creation of man, the rule of the earth was given to man. (Genesis 1:26-28). God can only act, do anything on the earth upon man’s invitation. He is the owner of all things yet He has given the right to rule the earth to man. Genesis 1:26  “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have DOMINION over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth”.

Man was given DOMINION over “all the earth”. This gives a great responsibility to us.

A lot of things that go on around us depends on us, what we do or fail to do. Secondly this is also the reason for prayers. Until men pray God will not intervene. People should not blame God for allowing certain evils to go on, on the earth. The responsibility lies on the children of God to consistently stand in the gap and make intercessions on behalf of the people of the earth. Luke 18:1” And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” To have the hand of God in your affairs always you need to pray always.

Moses interceded for the children of Israel. Moses was in no way a selfish man. He never sought for a name for himself, although the Lord said, He would wipe all men and raise a new generation after him.

During Moses intercession he brought out arguments why the Lord must not destroy the Israelites. Moses used God’s own words to argue on behalf of the Israelites. In our prayers we must say what God’s word says about the situation.

 In verse 19 when Moses got to the camp his anger burnt so much that he broke the tablets of the law beneath the mountain. He could not control his anger. He prayed God would have mercy yet he could not control his temper. We always need God’s ability to act appropriately always. Moses made sure that the camp of the Israelites was sanctified by destroying all those who had chosen idolatry. Although he interceded for them, he did not compromise with their sin.

 PRAYER

I pray for world evangelism and the salvation of souls. May the Lord break the deception of the devil over the minds of them who believe not the gospel, in the name of our Lord Jesus.

FURTHER STUDIES

Exodus 32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.

Exodus 32:31-32 “And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.”

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