Exodus 32:11-14 New International Version
11 But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God. “Lord,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and 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 wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. 13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’” 14 Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.
Saturday - July 24
This passage is one of the most fascinating in all of scripture. Notice HOW Moses talks God down from destroying the Israelites. He highlights GOD’s reputation as a God of love and mercy. He says, “Why should the Egyptians say, ‘Did He bring [the Israelites] out with evil intent, to kill them…?” Then Moses appeals to the promises God made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This is the heart of prayer! Clinging to God’s promises and calling on God’s love and mercy. Moses also shows us what Jesus came to do for us forever! Jesus is the intercessor who pleads before the throne of God all of the time. God will not destroy us, but has promised to forgive us and give us life.