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As soon as he learned of their sin, Moses began pleading on behalf of the nation. A foreshadowing of the work of Christ?

BibleGateway: Exodus 32:1-16

ESV Text: Exodus 32:1-16

KJV Text:

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     1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. 3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. 4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. 6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

     7 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: 8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 9 And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: 10 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. 11 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? 12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. 14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

     15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. 16 And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 358:
Lamb of God, We Fall Before Three

— Organ Audio

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1. Lamb of God, we fall before Thee, 
Humbly trusting in Thy Cross. 
That alone be all our glory; 
All things else are only dross. 

2. Thee we own a perfect Savior, 
Only Source of all that’s good. 
Every grace and every favor 
Comes to us through Jesus’ blood. 

3. Jesus gives us true repentance 
By His Spirit sent from heaven; 
Whispers this transporting sentence, 
“Son, thy sins are all forgiven.” 

4. Faith He grants us to believe it, 
Grateful hearts His love to prize; 
Want we wisdom? He must give it, 
Hearing ears and seeing eyes. 

5. Jesus gives us pure affections, 
Wills to do what He requires, 
Makes us follow His directions, 
And what He commands, inspires. 

6. All our prayers and all our praises, 
Rightly offered in His name,– 
He that dictates them is Jesus; 
He that answers is the same.