Excuses fall easily from our lips. Where is God? Its taking too long. What has He done for me lately? I was just standing here and out jumped this golden calf, you don't think I had anything to do with it do you?? O my how easily I excuse my sin and hold others to judgment.
Mixed with all this failure and sin is Moses' conversation with God, friend to Friend no less. In their talk Moses makes four requests:
1. 32:11 climaxing with this request in 13 "Turn your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people."
2. 32:32 "Yet now if you will forgive their sin -- but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written."
3. 32:13 "show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight."
Moses then makes a bold statement in 33:15 "If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here"
4. 33:18 "Please show me your glory."
Let us cry out, forgive me o God and show me your glory!