Moses, speaking as a friend to a friend, begged God to repent of His thought of destroying all Israel as punishment for their worship of a golden calf after the Exodus and God repented! Merciful Moses "saved" a nation. But he had yet to understand God's seeming callousness in seeking to "destroy" so many people. God had relented and yielded to Moses' plea to save Israel that day of the provocation with the golden calf. Moses went down the mountain with fury, power and mercy to set things straight. The whole tribe of Levi joined in his endeavor and qualified to become a priesthood tribe, serving to join Israel to its God. The immediate crisis partially solved, Moses returned to God on the mountain to intercede once more on behalf of his Hebrews. Again, boldly approaching the throne of grace, Moses spoke with deep and loving emotion to his Creator about His people:
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