7 The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; 8they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it, and said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” ’ 9The Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. 10Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.’
Devotion by Lynne Buell
This scene follows the story of Moses going up the mountain to receive the 10 Commandment tablets leaving the Egyptians down below. While he is gone, Aaron is asked by the Egyptians to create another God for them to sacrifice and worship. Are they asking for other gods to follow, or are they asking for Aaron to make them a physical form of God?
After reading the next three verses, we find out about God’s rage at what the people had done. While Moses wasn’t on the receiving end of this wrath, he was told to be the messenger to go down the mountain and tell the people what God intended to do. I would certainly have been extremely frightened and intimidated to have experienced God’s anger in person and must be the one to relay it to the people below.
So, if God knows of all things that are going to happen, was it a test for Moses to see how he would respond?
I’ve wondered this about myself everyday—for months now. When I turn on the news every day, is it a test for me to see how I’m going to react to the events that have transpired?
Faithful God, help us to be humble and understand that we all have different priorities. Amen.