The LORD answered, “It is those who have sinned against me
whose names I will remove from my book.
The People’s Request
“. . . make us a god to lead us.”
Gold earrings from women, sons, and daughters were taken off and were brought to Aaron. Then Aaron built an altar in front of the gold bull and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to honor the Lord.”
The following day the people sat down to a feast, which turned into an orgy of drinking and sex.
God Saw What the People Did
The LORD said to Moses, “Hurry and go back down, because your people, whom you led out of Egypt, have sinned and rejected me. They have already left the way that I commanded them to follow; they have made a bull-calf out of melted gold and have worshiped it and offered sacrifices to it. They are saying that this is their god, who led them out of Egypt. (vv. 7, 8)
God is angry and he is going to destroy them.
LORD, why should you be so angry with your people, whom you rescued from Egypt with great might and power?
Exo 32:12 Why should the Egyptians be able to say that you led your people out of Egypt, planning to kill them in the mountains and destroy them completely? Stop being angry; change your mind and do not bring this disaster on your people. Exo 32:13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Remember the solemn promise you made to them to give them as many descendants as there are stars in the sky and to give their descendants all that land you promised would be their possession forever.” (v. 12, 13)
God Change His Mind
So the LORD changed his mind and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. (v.15)
Moses Went Back Down the Mountain
When Moses came close enough to the camp to see the bull-calf and to see the people dancing, he became furious. There at the foot of the mountain, he threw down the tablets he was carrying and broke them. He took the bull-calf which they had made, melted it, ground it into a fine powder, and mixed it with water. Then he made the people of Israel drink it. He said to Aaron, “What did these people do to you, that you have made them commit such a terrible sin?”
Moses Reprimanded the People
“You have committed a terrible sin. But now I will again go up the mountain to the LORD; perhaps I can obtain forgiveness for your sin.” (v. 30)
Moses Returned up the Mountain to the Lord with the same Plead
“These people have committed a terrible sin. They have made a god out of gold and worshiped it. Please forgive their sin; but if you won’t, then remove my name from the book in which you have written the names of your people.” (v. 31, 32)
“It is those who have sinned against me whose names I will remove from my book. (v. 33)
The War on Drugs refers to the drug policy in the Philippines initiated by the Philippine government under President Rodrigo Duterte.
The Dangerous Drugs Boards’ survey on the drug use situation in the Philippines show 1.8 million drug users in 2016.
How did we know this? It is on the list of the Dangerous Drugs Board. How did they come up with this list? With no doubt, it is with the help of barangay officials and the Municipal Law Enforcers.
All the names listed validated or not, verified or not are condemned as drugs users and are the object of the Philippines’ Oplan Tokhang.
The name of the Philippines’ Oplan Tokhang is derived from the Cebuano “Toktok-Hangyo” meaning “knock and plead (make a polite request to surrender or stop using drugs).”
Under the guidelines, teams will visit the houses of personalities listed on the drugs watchlist. Conduct of Oplan Tokhang, the visitation of the alleged drug personalities in order to persuade them to stop with their illegal drugs activities and submit themselves to the government for their recovery.
However, there has been a considerable number of individuals who have not submitted themselves and were summarily executed. Thus they were no longer on the list for the hunt.
What does it mean when God said, “It is those who have sinned against me
whose names I will remove from my book?”
From the passage as the basis of our reflection, it presents a God who is knowledgeable of who are the ones that sinned and are accountable to him.
He is just in his dealings, it is only those who have sinned are removed from the book.
Those who are removed will no longer enjoy life as to those who are enjoying their lives with all the blessings and benefits of a life with freedom.
Is there a difference in how God treats individuals according to the text compared to how your government deals with the erring citizens? What does this mean to have faith in God influences our lives as a citizen, law enforcers, and a government official?
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