Reading: Exodus 31: 1-14 (Click to read text)
Reflection: What were they thinking? That is what I have always asked myself when I read this passage. What were the Israelites thinking grumbling after all God had done for them? And Aaron? What was he thinking coming up with the Golden Calf idea? And Moses, poor guy having to walk back into this mess and then try to defend the motley bunch to God! It all seems like everyone single one of them had either already or at that point had cause to throw up his or her hands in disgust and say, "I am sooo through with you!" Even the Lord was pretty much ready to destroy them.
Yet, Moses, dear Moses, sought the favor of the Lord his God (v. 11) and the Lord relented and did not bring up on his people the disaster he had threatened. (v. 14)
When have you been ready to be sooo done with someone? When has someone had reason to be sooo done with you? Isn't it such a good idea to take a step back, recall blessings and seek favor? If Moses can convince the Lord, surely we can convince ourselves and each other to relent from our threats of ill will. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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