To reject God's representatives is of course to reject God Himself, and the Lord was furious with Israel's disbelief and rebellion. So angry, in fact, that He threatened to wipe them out with pestilence and start over with Moses and the head of a new nation (14:11-12). But Moses interceded for the people, despite the way they treated him, and pleaded with God to spare the nation for the sake of His own name (14:13-19). God relented.
These chapters highlight the most Christ-like aspects of Moses' character. Consider these parallels-
- Jesus was rejected by His own earthly family like Moses (Mark 3:21, 31-35).
- Jesus was silent in the face of His accusers, like Moses (see Num. 12:3; Mark 14:61).
- Jesus interceded for those who rejected Him (Luke 23:34).
Like Moses and Jesus, we must remain faithful to the Lord, even when those of our own family oppose us. And like Moses and Jesus, we should work toward the redemption of those who don't deserve it.