SUNDAY, MAY 5
Scripture: Exodus 32:7-10
Exodus 32:7-10 says, “And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!”’ And the LORD said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.’” When God saw the idol that His people had built, He stated in verse 10, “Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.” On one level, that has to be quite an honor. “Moses, get out of the way, I will destroy all of them and I will make of you a great nation!” That meant Moses had better get busy, because he needed to have a ton of kids! But Moses said, “Wait a minute. Let’s rethink this deal.” And he began to intercede, to stand in the gap. He was so successful, that God relented. This is great news! It shows us it is possible to step into a breach. The breach is an open violation of biblical morality. Any major violation of biblical morality that is revealed in the Ten Commandments creates a breach. And a breach means that satan is no longer our biggest problem, God is. God is obligated to judge repeated violations of biblical morality. When a cup of iniquity is full, even the land will vomit out the inhabitants. The earth was created to only stand so much iniquity. When fullness of iniquity rises in the earth, the creation cries against the people for relief. It cries out for the destruction of the inhabitants. Shedding innocent blood will do that. Sexual sin will do that. Moses stood in the gap and turned God’s wrath away.