The Lord had done great things for the children of Israel.
Their progeny were now confessing such.
Yet, the forefathers had done evil.
Their progeny now recount some of what had been done…
“But they, our fathers, acted arrogantly;
They became stubborn and would not listen to Your commandments.
“They refused to listen,
And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them;
So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt.
But You are a God of forgiveness,
Gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness;
And You did not forsake them.
“Even when they made for themselves
A calf of molten metal
And said, ‘This is your God
Who brought you up from Egypt,’
And committed great blasphemies,
Two big “buts” here…
But they…the forefathers…
- Acted arrogantly
- Became stubborn
- Would not listen to God’s commandments
- Refused to listen
- Did not remember God’s wondrous deeds
- Appointed a leader to return to slavery
- Made for themselves a golden calf
- Proclaimed the calf as the god that had delivered them
- Committed great blasphemies
But God is…
- Slow to anger
- Abounding in lovingkindness
- Faithful…He refused to forsake them.
The people knew this.
They remembered and gave thanks to the Lord.
So should we.
First, we should cease acting as the forefathers had.
We do behave this way.
Second, we should rest and trust in the abounding goodness, grace and mercy of God.