This is Moses’ report to God before he settled down to negotiate with Him. On June 14,2022, we examined how Pharaoh failed at negotiating with Moses. We are aware of the position of a certain writer at explaintrade who thinks Moses failed at that negotiation. We think the results speaks louder than the exegesis. Our assumption is that you’ll find time to read the two. This will build on that. Moses has now understood God’s position, but he must get God on his side. He begins by accepting the obvious: the people sinned a great sin. I think God must have thought, I knew that, I’m God! Moses added that the people made them gods of gold. Let me unpack that. Modern Christians have this same tendency to compare time spent with God, with the money they can make in those two hours, once or twice a week. The gods of gold is still at work. Then Moses countered with an intercession: forgive them. Gods watching him Moses submits his discourse with a veiled threat: You can remove me from your book, if you can’t do that. Moses, you ate talking to GOD! Did Moses read ” Negotiation Tactics ” from Harvard Law school? He should know the factors to consider before issuing threats during negotiations: Is your threat base on emotions? Will it incite a counter threat that will dwarf yours? Will that tactic cost you more than the other side? Those are the questions Adam Galinsky suggests. Moses didn’t read that. He wanted results. God gave him an answer of peace. Read the book. You can’t talk like this except your life is consistent with the covenant. V33, God gave him a technical answer. Keep a date tomorrow.
And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin―; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. Exodus 32:31-32 KJV