Summary: How can I be the leader God wants me to be? 1. Show people the error of their sin (vs. 30). 2. Strive to help others get right with God (vs. 30). 3. Be willing to sacrifice yourself (vs. 31-32). 4. Submit to the Lord (vs. 32-35).

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Moses on the Mountain with the Lord

Part 16: A Great Leader

Exodus 32:30-35

Sermon by Rick Crandall

McClendon Baptist Church October 13, 2010


*How could they have done it? How could the Children of Israel have fallen so far so fast? -- After all they had heard and seen the Lord do they couldn’t even wait 40 days before they rebelled against God.

*So starting in Exodus 32:7,

7. The Lord said to Moses, "Go, get down! For your people whom you brought 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 themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, `This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!’’’

9. And the Lord said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people!

10. Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.’’

*Great leader that he was, Moses pleaded for God’s mercy on the Jews. God heard Moses’ prayer, and spared His people. Then Moses returned to camp to begin to make things right.

*The key question found in vs. 26 was this: “Who is on the Lord’s side?”

-Three thousand of the Lord’s enemies fell that day, but the terrible consequences of the people’s sin were not over. This is where we pick up reading tonight in vs. 30-35. It will be Moses’ sixth meeting on Mount Sinai with the Lord. (1)

30. Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses said to the people, "You have committed a great sin. So now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin."

31. Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold!

32. Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written."

33. And the LORD said to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.

34. Now therefore, go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you. Behold, My Angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit for punishment, I will visit punishment upon them for their sin."

35. So the LORD plagued the people because of what they did with the calf which Aaron made.


*One of the unexpected results of our Old Testament study is that my admiration for Moses has skyrocketed. What a great leader he was!

*Tonight Moses can show all of us how to be better leaders. Now you may be thinking, “I’m not a leader,” but all of us are leaders on some level. All of us have influence on other people. All of us are leading people either in the right direction or the wrong direction.

*How can I be the best leader God wants me to be?

1. First: Show people the error of their sin.

*Moses did this again in vs. 30: “And it came to pass on the next day that Moses said to the people, ‘You have committed a great sin. So now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.’”

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