Sunday: 15th September, 2019
Reference text: Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
Exodus 32:10 Now therefore 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.
There are things people want that they do not get, as well as things presented to others on a silver platter but are refused. I put myself in the shoes of Moses today and I can’t help but applaud his choice because presented with the same choice, I am fairly certain many of will make the opposite choice. After all, this was a proposal from God Himself, the almighty.
The fact is God presented a complete and forward-looking plan to Moses: “I have had enough of these stiff necked people. Let me destroy them all and make a new nation out of you.’ However, he received a plea for mercy for the people of Israel as a response instead of ‘Yes, I am your servant so do as you see fit. I am happy to comply.”
So the question I have kept asking is why? What would make a man refuse honour, prestige and luxury offered by God? Although he could have taken himself out of the mix of trouble caused by Israel and gone along with the plan of God, He declined. He rather counted himself as one of the people hence refused the luxuries offered.
When we receive the banner of recommendation and commendation, the plaque of acceptance which suggests ‘we are better than or in favour more than others’, it can be hard to take the side of those who have strayed. To talk of shielding them from or steering them clear off trouble is even out of the question. But like Moses, we need to know when to pitch camp and to intercede for others because that is part of our mission as believers.
In spite of all other things, don’t forget that the Christian is a permanent intercessor.