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February 11th

A lot is going on in today’s OT reading, but this simple statement caught my eye.

Exodus 32: 14 So the Lord changed his mind about the terrible disaster he had threatened to bring on his people.

It is amazing that intervention from Moses got God to relent as to the destruction of the Israelites. That seems a bit confusing in some ways, but the Expositor's Bible Commentary (Abridged Edition): Old Testament says of this:

As Moses championed the Lord's cause, "the LORD relented ." God's repentance or "relenting" shows that he can and does change in his actions and emotions to humans when given proper grounds for doing so, and thereby he does not change in his basic integrity or character.

(cf. Pss 99:6; 106:45; Jer 18:8; Am 7:3, 6; Jnh 3:10; Jas 5:16). In Scripture, three grounds are given for the Lord's "repenting" : intercession (cf. Am 7:1-6); repentance of the people (Jer 18:3-11; Jnh 3:9-10); and compassion (Dt 32:36; Jdg 2:18).

However, unfortunately for some, they still paid the price of their idolatry. Moses imparts the message that the LORD would have the Levites kill the ungodly among Israel. They killed 3000 of their brethren, due to their sin of idolatry; worshiping the golden calf.

From the NIV Biblical Theology Bible:
32:27–28 This is probably not random slaughter but a “surgical strike,” targeting a relatively small number (“about three thousand,” v. 28) who refused to repent and possibly persisted in the aforementioned revelry (v. 6; cf. Num 25:5–9). In any case, loyalty to God trumps all other loyalties, including loyalty to family (cf. Matt 10:37; Luke 14:26).


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In the NT, much is also happening as Christ’s sorrowful Passion continues.

Judas hangs himself after he has human remorse over condemning the Lord. However, Judas’ biggest sin wasn’t hanging himself, it was the fact that even though he had remorse, he had no godly repentance. He did not repent before the LORD, so he continued on in his sin to the end:


Matthew 27: 3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and the elders. 4 “I have sinned,” he declared, “for I have betrayed an innocent man.”
“What do we care?” they retorted. “That’s your problem.”
5 Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself.
After this, we return to Jesus Himself as he is being interrogated by Pontius Pilate, who is reluctant to condemn Christ.

11 Now Jesus was standing before Pilate, the Roman governor. “Are you the king of the Jews?” the governor asked him.
Jesus replied, “You have said it.”

The mob make accusations against Jesus, as if he were some kind of subversive:

12 But when the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent. 13 “Don’t you hear all these charges they are bringing against you?” Pilate demanded. 14 But Jesus made no response to any of the charges, much to the governor’s surprise.

Jesus is silent to the accusations… He is the innocent Lamb of God.
Maranatha!

Prayer for Today:
Lord, I pray for those who share the Gospel in Buddhist-majority regions. I pray that their faith in you will remain strong. I thank you for the faithful witness of their testimony. Amen.

Exodus 32-33:23

Aaron, Aaron, Aaron, where did you go wrong? Could Aaron’s sin become our sin? Are we any less off the beaten path then Aaron? What could have been going through the “boys” mind to cause him to say something as dumb as this?

For they said to me, Make us gods which shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him. I said to them, Those who have any gold, let them take it off. So they gave it to me; then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf. (Exodus 32:23-24 AMP)

Moses was Aaron’s baby brother; yet, hear again, we see the younger leading. God had given Aaron a supporting role and unlike his brother, he did not have to run away to some desert because of a crime. Yet here was the younger brother going up the mountain to meet with God, leaving him down in the valley with the murmurers and complainers. I don’t really know if what I’ve stated is true but what else could have been going on in this man’s mind to think he could just say, “I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.” Did he think everyone, including his brother, was crazy enough to believe it? Well, maybe not crazy but with what had previously happened in Egypt it could have been plausible.

It was Aaron who threw down Moses’ staff in front of Pharaoh that swallowed up the magicians’ staffs. It was his hand, not Moses’ that triggered the rest of the Plagues. That didn’t happen because of anything Aaron had within him, but it happened because God ordained it and called it into being.

THE LORD said to Moses, Behold, I make you as God to Pharaoh [to declare My will and purpose to him]; and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you, and Aaron your brother shall tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his land. (Exodus 7:1-2 AMP).

Aaron was trying to extend his run, so to speak, in the desert. He had an audience back in Egypt who were privy to see the destruction that came at the flick of his hand, or so it would seem, but his ministry of miracles was over in the desert.

We must be ever so careful not to lust after leadership position. To Aaron it was not a stretch to tell a “little” lie about the calf popping out of the fire hadn’t this kind of stuff happened in Egypt. It is so easy for us to try to stay in the limelight by operating in the flesh and calling up past actions to validate works of the flesh. Let us not become little Aarons.

Mike-This is concerning your questions about boredom. They reminded me of the former president of my college, a nun, who would say, “If something makes you bored then it is not the something or the someone who is boring, it is you.” She would go on to say, “If you were on a desert island all by yourself, could you entertain yourself?”

The first time I heard those words from that woman was over 20 years ago, and your questions brought back her words with a vengeance. If these words by this nun are correct, then we must also throw in the mix of your multiple questions on being “spiritually bored,” “What do we see or not see in ourselves that we must rely on others or things to be sufficiently entertained?”

I googled “definition of board” and of the several things that popped up:

Boredom, boring, bored: A chosen state of mind brought on by laziness and the firm belief that others are in charge of the so supposedly afflicted person's own entertainment.

This puts an entirely different spin on “spiritual boredom.”

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I did not think of boredom today but instead thought about impatience in verse 1: When the people saw how long it was taking….” I think of how my own impatience gives way to sin. I was thankful for how God heard Moses prayers. 33:14 “The LORD replied, “I will personally go with you Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.” I agree with your analogy between Moses and Jesus being our high priest. Finally, I love Psalm 33:2 Praise the LORD with melodies and (v 3) “Sing a new song of praise to him…” hymns are one way we can stay focused on God. The whole psalm is a reminder of God’s love and faithfulness. God Bless.

In Exodus today, I do think it was sad on Aaron's part and it's kind of like my students in my class. They have had good influences but have made bad choices in being a follower. A follower of the crowd will get u in trouble.

Matthew: I don't know. Feel so bad for all parties..Judas..who had really lost sight or the error of his ways and been under Jesus tutelage and still made a fatal mistake...sad. Peter who again fear of pressure, can and will happen if u don't prat and acknowledge u need the father

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