We had a neat discussion in our small group on prayer and Exodus 32 tonight. Being someone who considers themselves someone who belives very strongly in the soverignty of God, this chapter of scripture poses some interesting questions. It would be so easy to explain this away like I am so tempted to do, but a straight (dare i say “literal”) reading of this text is pretty hard to get around. It really can make for some messy theology (which I don’t think is all that bad sometimes). I know from other passages that God is in control (other passages do defend this view very strongly). But, this passage shows there is another side of God that I do not totally understand yet. You know what? I am okay with that. Because this chapter does say one thing quite clearly to me. God listens when you pray, and it MATTERS when you pray.

Another interesting thing to notice in this chapter as well as the next is that Moses’ prayers are for God’s grace on his people…but only because he is concerned about how God’s name will look to the nations. It is God’s name that is really the priority here. The salvation of and grace towards his people is really in the end all about His name and His glory. Yes, we are incredibly important to God, but His glory is of incredible importance as well…if it were not Moses would not appeal in this way…