Blotted out

Last thing on the golden calf story. When Moses pleaded on behalf of the Israelites for YHWH to forgive the Israelites, he said that if YHWH didn’t forgive them, then “please blot me out of your book that you have written.” (Exo 32.32) And YHWH answered, “Whoever sinned against me, I will blot out of my book.” (32.33)

Question: what was the book which Moses mentioned about?

If we looked at the scenario from a covenantal/contractual perspective, then perhaps the book functioned symbolically as the list of parties involved in the covenant/contract. So, again, using the HDB tenantship contract analogy, it will contain who the owner is and the list of name of the tenants. To be blotted out of the book means to be removed from the contract.

The language itself was clearly echoed by the author of Revelation when he recorded the words of God to the church in Sardis: “The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life.” (Rev 3.5)

And, finally, on the answer from YHWH, it indicated that the one who will be blotted out is the one who sins against him, and so Moses can’t just replace the person as he wishes. It’s a kind of an eye for an eye principle.


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