WERE YOU startled by what you heard in the reading of Moses holding back the anger of God? It certainly provides a picture of God different from that which we usually entertain. There God was angry, full of wrath, ready to wipe out the entire Hebrew nation because of their idolatry with the golden calf. And then—even moresurprisingly—he changed his mind when Moses argued him out of it. The meaning of this passage for us Christians is not that God really could be angry or changeable, but the fact that Moses’ powerful prayer is a foreshadowing of the more potent intercession

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