Mercy for a generation

How can we image the state of this man, the wonder and awe of being before God? He must have been filled with hope as God himself had given him the law for a new people, a new nation and a promised new country. Then the sad report from God himself, the slaves he had rescued from Egyptian masters, those He had set free with great miracles, the people that he had hoped to build into a great nation had betrayed Him for a god of gold that could not speak or hear. (Exodus 32:7-14)

He told Moses I will wipe Israel from the face of the earth and begin a new nation with you.  What an honor, for God to choose you for such purpose, then the surprise. Moses said no!

Who could have blamed Moses if he had lost all patience and begged for their destruction?  Who would have faulted him for taking such an honor? Instead he pleads their case. God had surely chosen the right man.

Moses had been a shepherd accustomed to protecting the flock and placing his life on the line for them. He argued, “What would Egypt think to see God free these people only to destroy them in the wilderness”. God’s mercy reined and the Israelites were given many more opportunities to be faithful.

Often we see a world, a society or perhaps a given group that we think worthy of condemnation. Are we prepared to be good shepherds like Moses and plead for mercy? Is our goal to see the lost saved or are we filled with disdain for a world that has forgotten God? We should not be hoping and waiting for destruction as Jonah did. Let us remember what John says “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:17) He also said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Let us with much prayer and supplications continue to intercede for the lost, that they may someday come to know their Savior, Jesus Christ. Let us continue to proclaim the message of Hope to a fallen world.

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