“Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”
Many times people accuse our God of being an evil God. They take verses like this and others from the Bible that talk about God wiping out entire nations, and use them against God. They try to say He is evil and does evil and abuses people to His own will and desires. This is the farthest thing from the truth. Our God is a God of love. God chose people out of love for His good pleasure.
This verse is first here to show us that God is not only testing Moses but also His people. God knows who His children are by their obedience. God was testing to see if Moses was compassionate and obedient. God was finding out if His people were obedient.
This verse also highlights God’s holy righteous wrath. God hates sin. God hates sin so much His holy anger burns against it. Here is 2 keys to remember about God’s holy righteous anger against sin. We are all sinnerss as Romans 3 teaches us. We all deserve to feel this holy righteous anger burn against us. So why did God choose us to give grace and mercy to? Why me, because I am just like every other sinner? We also need to know that this holy righteous anger was paid for by Jesus for us. This burning anger was poured out on Jesus and Jesus took the punishment for this holy righteous anger against sin. Oh what a Savior we have.