When I was in my early twenties, I remember a young man
who lived a very wildlife. One day he was intoxicated and
driving his car down a two-lane highway. It was a hot summer
day and he had the windows open and his left arm was
sticking out the window on the driver’s side. Becaus … More
Moses knew that the Israelites were out of control and it was Aaron’s fault (v. 25). The people had cast off all restraints. Moses realized that decisive action was required, so he challenged the people by standing at the gate and shouting, “Everyone who is on the Lord’s side come over here” (v. 26). The Levites who chose to follow God were commanded to strap on their swords and go through the camp killing everyone (v. 27). This was not the command of a prophet but of a holy God. The Levite men followed His orders and that day killed about 3000 people (v.28) who had to pay the consequences of their stiff-neckedness (Acts 2:41). Moses told them that they had done what was right by obeying the Lord so He will make them His priests (v. 29).
Even though the people had repented, atonement for their sin was still needed. Moses felt sorry for them, so he promised to go to the Lord and see if something could be done to keep them from being punished (v, 30). Moses went to the Lord again and begged Him to forgive them, in spite of the terrible things they had done (v. 31). He even said, “If you don’t, please wipe my name out of your book” (v. 32). Moses offer was refused by the Lord who said, “I will wipe out of my book the name of everyone who has sinned against me (v. 33), and when the time comes, I will punish them for this sin” (v. 34). As a result, the Lord punished the people of Israel with a terrible disease for talking Aaron into making the gold idol (v. 35).
I can never thank Jesus enough for forgiving me, loving me, and saving me eternally and I pray that I will never do anything to bring reproach to His name.
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Exodus 29:1-46Instructions For Ordaining Priests
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