19 The people made a calf at Mount Sinai[c];
they bowed before an image made of gold.
20 They traded their glorious God
for a statue of a grass-eating bull.
21 They forgot God, their savior,
who had done such great things in Egypt—
22 such wonderful things in the land of Ham,
such awesome deeds at the Red Sea.
23 So he declared he would destroy them.
But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people.
He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them.
24 The people refused to enter the pleasant land,
for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them.
25 Instead, they grumbled in their tents
and refused to obey the Lord.
26 Therefore, he solemnly swore
that he would kill them in the wilderness,
27 that he would scatter their descendants[d] among the nations,
exiling them to distant lands. NLT
As with the verses before this section, the writer wants to remind God’s people how easy it is to forget all that the Lord has done. After reading verses 19-27, describe what the people of Israel had forgotten.
What did their forgetfulness lead them to do?
What response did the Lord have?
How did Moses become a mediator in this drama?
::::: DIGGING DEEPER :::::
If you’d like, to better understand the background of these details, read chapter 32 of Exodus. Would you have participated had you been there? Why or why not?
::::: EQUIPPING CHALLENGE :::::
What do you think about verses 26-27? Take a moment to pray with God about your thoughts stemming from today’s study.