Proper 23, Year A, Old Testament Lesson
Scripture: Exodus 32:1-14
Moses has been on the mountain with God for 40 days and nights which means that the Israelites have been without either of their leaders. In their anxiousness they turn to Aaron who helps and encourages them create a calf and then to have a festival. As God sees what they are doing, God becomes angry and wants to get rid of them. Moses, however, steps in and asks for God’s mercy, quoting God’s promise from Genesis. This is a great risk for Moses, as he asks God to turn away from anger and remember the promises that were made to the people. God changes his mind and does not burn wrath upon the people.