There are countless moments when were disappointed by the choices of people. Theres no doubt about the effect of sin in our world. At times, we can become discouraged, even embittered about the way things are. In these troubled times in the United States, it would be easy for the Church to become religious in how we respond to our situationwhether it be our national morality, our economy, our governments decision makers or the guy across the street. Id like to contend for a greater approach to these times. Today, well take a look at how Moses dealt with one of the many times that Israel struggled with abandoning God and hopefully gain a fresh perspective about the impact we could have on our nation. God wants us to have a heart for our nation, because He paid for everyone in it (John 3:16).
Before this moment, the people of Israel have grown impatient with Moses being on the mountain. Israel then asked Aaron (Moses brother) to lead them in constructing an idol (Ex 32:1). This golden calf represented one of Egypts gods, creating a broken covenant between God and Israel. Moses is sent by God off the mountain to deal with Israels sin (Ex 32:7, Dt 9:12).
A. Fighting for People, Not With or Against
Deuteronomy 9:12-18; Exodus 32:30-32
He was angry about their sin, not tolerant (Dt 9:17, 21).
Moses doesnt spend time complaining about their sin, he runs to God (Dt 9:18-19).
His passion against their sin wasnt for self-preservation, in fact quite the opposite (Ex 32:32).
- Worth: the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held (Websters).
In contrast, Aaron says, You know these people, that they are set on evil (Ex 32:22 NKJV).
Our most effective fighting is not with flesh and blood, but in the Spirit (Eph 6:32).
B. Restoring Gods Praise: God exalted in, by and beyond our nation
Moses draws on Gods identification with Israel before the rest of the worldHe wants Egypt to know their gods are nothing compared to his! (Dt 9:28)
Moses is concerned that Gods character would be grossly distorted if He carries out justice (v 28).
- Note: God had every right to carry out justice with Israel because they broke their covenant with Him (Ex 19:3-8; 20:3-4; 24:7).
Moses reminds God that these are His people, not Moses alone (v 29).
Moses in effect says, You didnt deliver us with Your strength to destroy us, but to free us (v 29).
C. Standing for Gods Presence Nationally
He also makes known his desire for God to go with them, not Moses alone.
Even if they dont realize they need His presence, Moses knew they needed Him.
Even if America doesnt realize we need His presence, Christians know we need Him.
D. Pursuing God Personally
Notice that this was his last request, after pleading for his people, after stating that God should be exalted above every nation and every godhis labor was others first
Remember where this all started? (Dt 9:12)
Go down from here
have acted corruptly.
Moses pursues God for a restoration of his personal intimacy that was lost due to his own people. (Ex 32:7; Dt 9:12).
Gods presence wasnt only what gave Israel guidance, He was their safety and security (Ex 15).
God said yes! He wants us to know Him deeply
Application: The What we can do now
We choose to be merciful intercessors for our nation, beginning with those closest around us.
We choose to praise God with all thats within us, crying out for Him to be praised by mouths that have never uttered His praise. Every mouth is made for His praise!
We seek after His face, not His hand.
Who is someone near you that you want to have a heart change towards? Why?
What are some ways you can setup praise God reminders throughout your day?
Where and how are you going to pursue Him personally this week?