Please Prepare for Tomorrow.
Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold!
Yet now, if You will forgive their sin-but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which you have written.”
And the LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.”
As far as conversations go, none have ever been more serious than this one. While Moses was on top of Mount Sinai the people made a golden calf and called it god. Moses told everyone that was on the Lord’s side to come to him, and then he had the priests go and kill everyone that didn’t cross the line, about three thousand men. One way to get sin out of your camp.
But then Moses approaches YAHUAH (God) and confesses the sins for his people, asking YAHUAH for His forgiveness. Some put the estimate at about 2 million people that came out of Egypt.
Now Moses is realizing the magnitude of their transgressions. He stands in the gap and asks YAHUAH to take his life for the people and then to remove his name from the Lambs Book of Life.
I’ve read this history lesson many times over the years and one day it hit me. The humility and love that Moses had for his people. He was willing as a leader to be a sacrifice, to save a nation. Wow!
When this astonishment impacted me, I went to my knees before the Lord and I said, “God, Moses is a far greater man than me! I’m not willing to go to hell for anybody!” I was being very sincere, I was astonished, then the Holy Spirit just loved me, I’ve never known why I felt His presence like that until just now, I believe He said, “It was your sincerity.”
God will not ask us to be accountable for another person’s sins. But He will hold us accountable for our sins. In the book of Leviticus there was an offering for unintentional sins, but no offering for intentional sins. If you play the Grace card too much in belief that you can be forgiven for your intentional sin after you have become a Born Again Christian, one day you will flip that card only to see a joker, you’ve been fooled.
I’m all for Grace but repentance comes from the Greek word, metanoia; met-an’-oy-ah Simply put it means a reversal. My old pastor used to say, “Sin will keep you longer than you wanted to stay, take you farther than you wanted to go, and make you pay more than you wanted to pay.”
Back to Moses. Three Thousand men died that day because they refused to repent. I’m sure not a moment has gone by that they wish they had crossed that line. Selah. They knew the power of God. They had witnessed the miracles coming out of Egypt. They thought they could stay right where they were and be okay another day.
But tomorrow doesn’t always come.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Please prepare for tomorrow. Selah.
He is: “Elohay Selichot”
“The God Who is Ready to Forgive”