For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.
30 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the Lord; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.
31 And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
33 And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.
34 Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them.
35 And the Lord plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.
K.J.V. Bible Text
First Moses told the people that they had sinned a great sin but his forbearance was great for he purposed to go to the Lord to try to make atonement. Later, when he returned to the Lord, he asked the Lord to forgive them, saying, “…and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.”
The Lord however was unwilling to hold Moses accountable for the sins of the people. He told Moses that those that had sinned against Him would be blotted out of his book.
The Lord ordered Moses to go and lead the people to the land he had spoken of. He also told Moses he would “visit their sin” upon the people.
Exodus, Chapter 32 ends with: “And the Lord plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.”
I’m pretty sure that in future readings we will learn more about those plagues. The children of Israel will surely rue their sins.
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