Exodus 32:7-14
Deuteronomy 9:26-29


“…not unto us, but unto thy name
give glory …”



The LORD told Moses to leave the mountain because this stiffnecked people had now corrupted themselves by making and worshipping a golden calf. Remember this is how God views us when we want Him only to help us in life’s journey but will not obey His commands. He told Moses that He would destroy the people and make Moses a great nation because they were stiffnecked. Moses pleaded with God not to do so because: (1) the Egyptians would mock God that He had made a great display of His glorious power to take His people out of Egypt to kill them in the desert, and (2) to remember the covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Israel to bring them to the Promised Land. The LORD “repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people” (Exod 32:14), meaning God spared the people of the terrible (“evil”) consequence which they rightly deserved.

God is not less loving, less patient, and less wise than Moses. God will keep His covenant. But this conversation He led Moses into gives insight into: (1) what we really deserve when we behave like them, and (2) Moses’ heart, so that we can learn valuable lessons. Do not think that just because we go to church and speak of Him as our God, He is very pleased, and we can just decide which commandments to obey and which to ignore. Also, learn from Moses about what concerned him the most. He could get a great nation named after him instead of Jacob. His life would be easier for not leading a stiffnecked people who had often ungratefully threatened him. Yet he cared more for what others would say about God. His main concern was God’s glory, not an easier life for himself. And Moses always saw God’s people and work as belonging to God, not for Moses’ own name or ownership. Are we most concerned about our name and our comfort? Or God’s reputation, His people, and for His glory? Will you be upset if God takes away the ministry you are involved in and gives it to another if it benefits them more? Are you more concerned about promoting your own name or God’s?

THOUGHT: What am I most concerned about in life?
PRAYER: LORD, help me to be more concerned about Thy glory.