When God changed his mind
Exodus 32: 9-14
9 The Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. 10 Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.’
11 But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, ‘O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians say, “It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth”? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, “I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever.”’ 14 And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.
How Moses loved the people he led out of Egypt. Even when God told him that He would make his descendants into a great nation, he was not swayed, he did not covet the promise to Abraham, for Moses loved the people he led out of Egypt.
How Moses loved the people he led out of Egypt. When they were hungry they railed against him, they blamed him, they remembered their full bellies, they forgot the empty cradles. He interceded on their behalf.
How Moses loved the people he led out of Egypt.
Moses believed in, Moses trusted, Yahweh, God of the covenant, trusted and called upon His faithfulness. Moses was jealous for Yahweh’s name, the reputation of Yahweh mattered to Moses.
Moses believed in Yahweh, God of the covenant.
In today’s celebrity culture we may become ambitious for our own name’s sake.
In today’s culture of individualism, we may become careless in our treatment of others.
Guard us this day from attitudes or actions that make us careless in our worship of you and neglectful of our neighbour.
May we love those we are called to lead, with the love that covers a multitude of sins. Amen.