Yet now, if You will forgive their sin–but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.” Exodus 32:32
And the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book. Exodus 32:33
⇒ Exodus 32:32, 33 blot me out of Your book. This is the most touching moment in Moses’ leadership of the Israelites. Like Paul many centuries later, he could almost wish himself to be cursed, if by being so he could secure the salvation of his people (see Rom. 9:3). Moses’ offer could not be accepted. But his selfless gesture also resembles the self-sacrifice of Jesus, which God accepted as the atonement for the sins of every generation of humanity (Mark 10:45). My book is the Book of Life (Ps. 87:6, Rev. 3:5).