Exodus 32:15-20
Deuteronomy 9:15-21


“Woe unto them that call evil good,
and good evil …”



Having heard what God said about what the people had done and that he must return to base camp, Moses went down with the two tables of the Ten Commandments. He met Joshua where the latter was told to wait. Joshua thought that the noise the people made was battle cries. But Moses told Joshua it was singing, not the cry of people who were winning or losing in battle. What kind of music was this that sounded like noise and wild screaming of people? When Moses saw the calf, and the dancing, his “anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount” (Exod 32:19). He ground the calf to powder, and made the children of Israel drink it with water.


Moses’ breaking the tables of stone was not a rash, impulsive, hot-headed act. This act represented how the people had just broken the covenant which was recently ratified with them. “Waxed hot” (Exod 32:19) was used to describe Moses’ anger. These are the same words that described God’s anger (Exod 32:10). What this reveals is that Moses viewed sin as God did. Moses reacted with the same holy anger as God. What angers you most? Is it sin? Do you see sin as God sees it? Does sin grieve and anger you? The people viewed breaking the law of God as a trivial thing so as to get what they wanted. They even celebrated the outcome. It is a very sad and fearful state for a believer to willfully and repeatedly break the Ten Commandments and still go to church, sing praises and think that God is pleased. Does that describe any of us? When sin is committed, few bat an eyelid. Nor are they angry at sin being promoted and encouraged by believers by the way they live, dress, pursue the world, and deny the purity of God’s Word. Church leaders, instead of having holy anger and preaching against the heinousness of sin and disobedience to God, act as if nothing is wrong. We must examine our view of sin.

THOUGHT: Have I become immune to the sinfulness of sin?
PRAYER: LORD, give me sensitivity to, and holy anger against, sin.