"So the Lord relented in the punishment he had threatened to inflict on his people."
Moses, in this reading, calmed God down and changed God's mind about punishing the people for making and worshipping a golden calf. And, after reading this fabulous story, all I could think of was what Moses thought as he went back down the mountain. Was he pleased with himself? Did he think, "Wow, we dodged a bullet there!" Was he still angry with the people he had to defend? Was he surprised that God's mind could be changed just like that? The real take-away from this reading for me today is this: Jesus, too, came to defend us, and our questionable behavior, to God. "Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do." We'll be hearing those words of Jesus from the cross very soon. God loves us, even when we are not our best selves. God forgives us time and time again. And we have a Champion, Jesus, who defends us whenever we need defending. Rather than just letting us off the hook, doesn't that make us want to love better ourselves? Love, heidi