7And the Lord said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:
8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
9 And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:
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.
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?
12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.
13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.
14 And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
K.J.V. Bible Text
The Lord’s wrath was exceeding against the people of Israel for making the molten calf, so much so that he told Moses he would consume them and then make a great nation of Moses.
Moses besought the Lord to repent of his thoughts of evil against the people. He reminded him of his promise to Abraham, Isaac and Israel to give the land of Canaan to their seed.
The Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto His people.
Just as the Lord once saved Lot from the destruction of Sodom because of the entreaties of his brother, Moses has now successfully interceded with the Lord on behalf of the multitude of Israelites.
Reading about all this, I am assured that God truly does care about our relationships with other humans and does hear and respond when we make earnest entreaty to him. Although Moses was able to speak to him “face to face”, we can speak to Him too to entreat him for the well-being of our loved ones.
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