PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Exodus 31-33
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“The Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.” (Exodus 32:14)
These chapters show the challenge of God working with sinful humans.
The authors tell these stories to stress how frustrating we can be for God.
God is right to hate sin, because sin is a disaster, hurting us and others.
Love, joy, peace, etc. are all lost when we indulge in sinful, selfish acts.
If God were human, He would have given up on us (how patient am I with frustrating people?).
The bottom line of these stories: God does not give up on frustrating sinners!
He does not treat us as our sins deserve, and He does show compassion and mercy!
The word ‘relent’ in Exodus 32:14 is the same as the word for ‘repent’.
It means to change one’s mind, to not do what one was originally planning to do.
Sin leads to the ‘disaster’ of separation from God, suffering and ultimately death.
But though this is what God predicted (Genesis 2:17), He relents, and finds another way.
Instead of “you will certainly die” (Genesis 2:17), God accepts death for us in Jesus.
God sticks with frustrating sinners, and finds a way to rescue us from sin’s disaster.
Knowing my own stubborn, frustrating character, I am thankful God is still with me!
Lord, by Your compassion and mercy I may still walk with You, and relate to You face to face… despite my stubborn, frustrating character. Thank You!