007 a | Painting God Mad


As I wrote in my post 007 | Sin Angers God, But Wait on my Essential Jesus journey we must view the account recorded in Exodus (Exodus 32:1-33:6) at Mount Sinai in the context of all God has done for his people. We must NOT view God's anger arbitrarily and out of context.

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007 | Sin Angers God, But Wait ...


Yes, sin angers God. Sin brings destruction. But don't stop at these statements and turn away either dismissive or hopeless, there is more, much more to understanding God.

Today it may seem enlightened to believe that sin 'ain't nobody's business but my own.' The problem is, that's not true. Ultimately our sin is God's business; it's his commands that we violate (Exodus 32:8) and his consequences we must pay (Exodus 32:33-34). Again it highlights our need, our desperate need, for a Savior."

Whitney T. Kuniholm wrote this in reflecting on the passage I am focused on from the book Exodus in the Old Testament. I am currently journaling through the book titled The Essential Jesus: 100 Readings Through the Bible's Greatest Story written by Whitney T. Kuniholm. This is the seventh passage of the one hundred he has outlined in his book. I have actually finished passage 38 [038 | Kingdom without Borders] and currently focused on passage 39 but find myself stepping back and looking again at this passage.
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, 'These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.'

"I have seen these people," the LORD said to Moses, "and they are a stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation." (Exodus 32:7-10)
The people of Israel, God's people, spent nearly 400 years in Egypt. They apparently learned about Egypt's gods and even worshiped them to some extent. Here we see the people worshiping like the Egyptians even creating a golden calf. You have to put all of this in proper context. God through Moses had just done some pretty amazing stuff to get them freed from slavery in Egypt. Blow your socks off miracles like the 10 Plagues and parting the Red Sea. How they could now turn back to Egyptian worship and the Egyptian gods is rather amazing to me.

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