Exodus 32:9-11 “And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?”
The Israelites had been delivered from the most horrific bondage. The way and manner in which they were delivered was miraculous. They saw the plagues. They smelled the stench of death. They saw their own people untouched and the Egyptians slaughtered.
When they were finally allowed to leave, they saw the mighty Red Sea divide in two to allow them to pass through and then, swallow up their enemies who tried to pursue them.
You would think that by this time, they would have been convinced that God was their God and none could compare. But, as Moses received instruction from God on the mount, the people rose up and influenced their leader, Aaron, to make them gods they could see, touch, and worship.
We look at this and say; “How ignorant”, or “How foolish”. Yet, in light of the miraculous transformation of our own soul, we run after other gods so swiftly, it makes one’s head swim!
We think our lives, our agenda, our possessions, our work, our finances, our family, our friends, so much more important, that we forsake God for them and never look back. We justify in our mind that the need is genuine and we set out to make our choices work instead of trusting God for the outcome.
We leave off prayer. We miss the occasional church service, and touch our Bibles only to bring them with us to church so others don’t think us so backslidden.
Thank God for Moses who stood in the gap for the people – God stood to wipe them out and start over with Moses. Moses interceded; appealing to the integrity of God’s testimony with those who saw the great deliverance only to see God destroy them all.
Thank God for Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for our sins!
We stood to pay for the balance of sins we had committed at the end of our life.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death…”
Ezekiel 18:20 “The soul that sinneth, it shall die…”
We would have to stand before Almighty God to answer for all those things done against God. But, Jesus stood in the gap for us!
The world would like to offer up substitutes to take the place of our God; but none can compare to His love, His sacrifice, His faithfulness, mercy, grace, and forgiveness.
Allah, Buddha, Confucius, all have graves with dead men’s bones in them. Jesus’ grave has been empty for two thousand and nineteen years.
All religions have some element of work that man must do to get to Heaven. Not Christianity.
The ultimate choice of our soul is whether it is what we do or trust what has been done.
Whatever man would touch to add to the pure, perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ would instantly taint it’s purity. It Jesus PLUS nothing and Jesus MINUS nothing.
Some religions like to add our works to salvation.
Man feels the need to include himself into the equation; to have some sense of worth, some sense of accomplishment in saving ourselves.
Jesus made it very plain and very clear.
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
He did not say He was “A” way, but “THE” way. He did not say “SOME” men can come to the Father; but, “NO MAN” can come any other way but His way.
No other god created like our God.
No other god loves like our God.
No other god forgives like our God.
No other god has made the provision for our soul; prepared an eternal home and paid the full price to redeem our souls.
The choice is ultimately ours to make. But truly consider the consequences of the wrong choice.
Revelation 20:12, 15 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
My name is in the Book of Life because I placed my faith and trust in Jesus Christ for my salvation. You should too!
If you care to know how, read this.