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Relationship not Religion – Exodus 32 Devotional

“But now, if you will forgive their sin—but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written” (Exodus 32:32, ESV).

Many people first think of how humble Moses was in order to ask for such a thing, or maybe how they aren’t sure they could’ve done that. Here’s the thing about this Christian way we are supposed to be living, it doesn’t look like we think it does. Moses was doing it for real. If we were anywhere near really knowing Christ we would be in a much more similar place to where Moses was with his relationship to the LORD. Not necessarily in every way, we may not spend 40 days and 40 nights on a mountain with him and not have food or water while with God, but we can have the depth and height and width and magnitude of the relationship that Moses had with God. Moses was just a man…no more, no less. He made mistakes and got mad as well, but he had such a heart for God.

You see, Moses didn’t ask for his name to be blotted out simply do the right thing or because he knew it was what he should do, which is what we would do by the way, he asked for that because he was genuinely concerned about God’s reputation. He didn’t want God to be getting a bad wrap for this, especially after all He had brought the Israelites through at this point. Not only did God consider Moses his friend, but Moses genuinely considered God his friend as well. It was a two-way relationship.

What’s even more beautiful about this passage is, later in the bible and chronologically in time, we see Paul saying something similar to the Roman church. Paul’s love for God’s people drove him to a place of great sacrifice. However, it wasn’t just a love for people, because if it was, Paul would’ve given up a long, long time ago, it was a deep genuine love for Christ that drove him to that point. Listen to what he says. “For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh” (Romans 9:3 ESV). Paul is talking about the Jews. He cries for them in a similar manner that Christ did when he said “How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not” (Matthew 23:37 ESV).

God’s recipe for this is the gospel. I leave you with a verse today.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners and purify your hearts you double minded. Be wretched and morn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to morning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you” (James 4:7-10, ESV).

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