By: William J Jackson
After the golden calf incident in Exodus 32:8, Israel was in the “proverbial doghouse” with YHVH, so Moses went to Him and interceded on their behalf. He even offered his life for Israel’s forgiveness; but this simply isn’t how it works… and as we read on in Exodus 32, we soon see that Moses clearly doesn’t get to pay for Israel’s sins; and for that matter, he doesn’t get to pay for anyone’s sins. So where is it at, that the New Testament writers come up with these ideas that someone can die for another person’s sins (Romans 5:6-8, 1 John 3:16, 1 Peter 3:18), when YHVH makes it so clear in His word (the Torah), that this isn’t how it’s done?
Actually YHVH said, “I will bring their sin to account against them” (Exodus 32:34)… then He punished them.
Question: So why couldn’t Moses pay for Israel’s sins with his life?
Answer: Because HaShem is just and holds people accountable. Also, He established a standard not allowing people to pay for the sins of others even with their lives, (Deuteronomy 24:16, Jeremiah 31:29-30, 2 Chronicles 25:4 and 2 Kings 14:5-6).
Question: When did HaShem change this law?
Answer: HaShem never change it, He doesn’t change.
Question: If no one can intercede for me, who do I turn to with my sin?
Answer: Turn to your ONLY Savior, YHVH.
Question: How do we atone for our sins?
Answer: We do not do sacrifices (Amos 5:21, Isaiah 1:11, Jeremiah 6:20, 7:21-23, Hosea 8:13)… rather; we repent to Him with a remorseful heart. (Psalm 22:24, 34:18, 51:17,107:22, Isaiah 57:15, 66:2, Hosea 6:6, 1 Kings 8:47-50)
Conclusion: YHVH holds us accountable for our own choices and actions. No other human can take our sins from us. HaShem wants us to go to Him with a repented heart… pretty simple.