Summary: God wants us to remove every idol from our hearts and freely worship Him of our own will.
I want you to notice that those who chose to stay in idolatry didn’t have to move or change anything. If you are living in sin, worshipping an idol in your life, or if you are just cold in your walk with the Lord, you don’t have to do anything to stay like you are. But, understand this, if you don’t change you are on the path to eternal destruction and eternal death.
If you choose to be on the Lord’s side then there is a decision to be made and some action that you must take. You must decide to serve God for He will not force you. You must “come to Him” in repentance for your sin. You must fall down before Him and ask Him to come into your life. You must make that choice willfully and personally. It’s your decision!
Moses tried to intercede for the Children of Israel because God’s anger was hot and He wanted to destroy the nation and begin a new nation with Moses. Moses prayed for God to kill him and blot out his name from the Book of Life instead of the people but God would not do this.
Exodus 32:32-33, "Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book."
Once you have made your decision to live a life of sin and idolatry against God, there is no one on earth who can change your eternal destiny but you and God. We can all pray and intercede for you. We can all offer to even take your place, but God won’t allow us to do that. Surely we must and we will pray for you but our prayers can only bring you to the place of decision, then its up to you!
Whose side will you choose this morning? Will you serve God or will you serve the devil? Its your decision – be careful of the choice you make. It may be your last!
Is there a Golden Calf idol in your life right now? Is there anything that comes between you and God? Is your relationship with Jesus as strong as it should be? If not, make the choice right now to serve Him with all your heart! If you already have made that choice and everything is right between you and God then pray and intercede for those around you.
God spared Israel because of Moses’ prayer of intercession. Your prayer may be the only hope that the lost sinner has!