Reading: Exodus 32: 7-10
Verse Nine: “I have seen these people”, said the Lord to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people”.
The people have allowed fear and doubt to win the day and they cast a golden calf to be their god. Being fully made by human hands, the calf has no power. But it is visible and present and the people want to believe it can save them. So they offer sacrifices and worship it.
God looks down on His chosen people and suddenly the Israelites are “your” people whom “you” led out of Egypt. God uses the third person to talk about His children – “they” are corrupt, stiff-necked. He is like a parent, angry over what a child has done. On occasion I have said, “Honey, your son has…” or “That daughter of yours…”
Reading this passage makes me wonder how close I have come to drawing God to the place of wanting to disown me. One can easily look back over one’s life to identify points where or words or actions or choices maybe upset God, maybe made God feel like giving up on us. I wonder if God ever thinks, “Not again…” because I too at times am “corrupt” and “stiff-necked”.
Even though we may get upset with our earthly children and “feel like” disowning them, we never do. They will always be our son or daughter and we will always love them. Our love for our children pales in comparison to God’s love for us. God’s love for His children is so much more than we can even understand. In the 103rd Psalm we are reminded that God removes our sin as far as the east is from the west – they are no more. In Titus 3 we are told that our sins are washed away, giving us new birth, a fresh beginning. This is how great the Father’s love is for us, His children. It is a love that never fails, a love that never ends. Thanks be to God for this love.