They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass. They forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, …and terrible things by the Red Sea.
Therefore he said he would destroy them — had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them.Psalm 106:20-23
I find today’s psalm to be very poignant.
It recalls the event on Mount Horeb, when Moses went up to receive the Ten Commandments from God.
The Israelites grew weary during the 40 days of waiting for Moses to return from the mountain and began to complain.
In this state of complaining, their hearts led them to sin against God, and they created and worshipped a golden calf – a symbol of a god in Egypt, the land of their former captivity.
The worst part (in my view) is not only did they worship the calf (a work of their own hands), but they claimed the calf had delivered them out of Egypt.
They ascribed God’s glory to an idol.
No wonder the LORD was furious with their ingratitude and outright lies.
He wanted to make a new start with His people starting with Moses.
However, Moses quietened the anger of God with his humble words of contrition on behalf of the people.
He not only begged God for mercy, but used God’s covenant promises to Abraham and their fathers, as the testimony why God should relent of His anger.
In other words, Moses pleaded with God and reminded Him of His spoken Word which He as God was obligated to fulfil.
This is such a powerful reminder to us in our time.
No doubt we as the Church, the people of God and almost all the world have strayed from the paths of our Saviour.
However, as long as we have breath which God gives us, we too can repent and intercede like Moses on our behalf, and on behalf of our Church, and the world.
God is looking out for intercesssors.
We may not be perfect as yet, but we have a perfect Redeemer, our great High Priest, our Paschal Lamb.
Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Just as Moses didn’t rely on his own righteousness to intercede with God, we too shouldn’t rely on our righteousness.
But on the righteousness of our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ, we can absolutely, unfailingly depend on.
Right here, right now, let us offer up to our Heavenly Father, intercession through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary.
Let us pray.
Eternal Father, we offer You, the Body and the Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Your dearly beloved Son
Our LORD, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
Have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Always & Forever,
To the Lamb,
With all my ❤
26 Mar 2020