After Lee’s surrender, Lincoln spoke to a large crowd from the balcony of the White House. At the end of his speech, Senator Harlan asked, “What shall we do with the rebels?” The vindictive crowd shouted back, “Hang them!” Tad, then 11 yrs old, turned to his f … More
Moses tries to get God to change his mind (v. 11). While, still on the mountain, Moses heard that his people had sinned, but he did not seek to justify their actions. However, he pleaded with God for mercy and to not destroy the people (vv. 12-13). He reminded God of his promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that someday they would have as many descendants as the stars in the sky. Because of Moses prayer, God changed His previously announced plans of destroying all the people (v. 14). Moses goes back down the mountain carrying the two flat stones containing the written laws on both sides (vv. 15-16).
Soon Joshua hears the noisy shouts of the people and thinks there must be a battle going on (v. 17). Moses tells him it doesn’t sound like shouting because they have won a battle but instead they are singing wildly (v, 18). Upon returning to the camp and viewing the obvious idolatry and drunkenness Moses did three things:
1. He smashed the tablets of the law (v. 19) - He was angry, so he threw the stones down and smashed them. This symbolized the people’s breaking of the covenant.
2. He burned the idol, reduced it to powder and spread it on their water supply (mountain stream) (v. 20) - By making the people drink the water it showed the people they had to bear the consequences of their sin.
3. He asked Aaron to give an account of what had happened (vv. 21-24) - It is interesting to note that Aaron blamed the people and then lied claiming the idol “just happened.”
My prayers need to be more for mercy than for judgment. Moses prayed to spare the people and God’s answer shows how He responds to the individuals’ needs, attitudes and actions.
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Exodus 30:1-38The Altar of Inscense
Exodus 31:1-11Building The Temple
Exodus 31:12-18Laws of The Sabbath
Exodus 32:1-10The People Make a Golden Calf to Worship
Exodus 32:11-24Moses Blames Aaron For Making The Golden Calf
Exodus 32:25-35God Orders 3000 People Killed
Exodus 33:1-11The Lord Commands Israel to Leave Mt Sinai
Exodus 33:12-23The Lord Promises to be With His People
Exodus 34:1-9Moses Makes The Second Set of Commandments
Exodus 34:10-26The Covenant Renewed
Exodus 34:27-35Moses Face Shines When he Comes Down From Mount Sinai
Exodus 35:1-35Offerings For The Tabernacle