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Your Question # 17
[#17] In Exodus 32:32-33, what book is Moses and God talking about in "being blotted out"?
Thank you for your question. The passage you may be referring to is: Exodus 32:32: "Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.” However God's response was: v 33: "And the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book. God isn’t referring to salvation, but to life itself on earth.
God does not 'blot' out His children who are saved. When someone comes to Him by faith and repentance they are written in the Lamb's book of Life (Revelation 21:27: "But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.") Those who have been written in the ‘Lamb’s’ book are there forever.
Romans 8:31-39: says What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The 'blotting out' in Exodus never refers to the redeemed. God has said over and over that He gives us 'Eternal Life'. It always refers to those who have never been saved and is due to their rebellion and unwillingness to repent and believe, because of this their life on earth may be cut short.
Moses had a love for God and a love for Israel. He could not bear to think that God might destroy the nation due to their rebellious, sinful ways. However we must remember that God is just and knows the intimate ways of our heart and He also knows the final outcome of sinful actions and where they can lead. We must trust in God's judgment and understand that He loves His people, but He is holy and He cannot allow sin among His children to go unchecked. He had to discipline Israel several times in the wilderness because of rebellion. In fact, the reason they spent 40 years in the wilderness and never entered the 'promised land' was because of rebellion and unbelief (Hebrews 3:16-19)(Also read Judges and see how many times the people sinned against God)
Hope this helps, if you have never done so, I encourage you to seek Christ as your Savior. Ask Him to forgive your sins and come into your life as Lord and Savior. He promises to do so if you are willing. Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
May God bless