Deuteronomy 9:13 Furthermore the LORD spake unto me, saying, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: 14 Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven: and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they. (KJV)
How must one approach this passage as a Predeterminest? But just as important is why did God allow us to see this interaction between Himself and Moses?
God had spoken, it is apparent that His mind was revealed. Was this a test for Moses? The scripture does not tell us that, but were it, Moses certainly passed. Moses could have been — The new Abraham? Certainly God knew what Moses was going to point out to Him. So why did He need to hear it from Moses?
After descending the Mount and breaking the tablets and fasting another 40 days Moses says:
Deuteronomy 9:19 For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the LORD was wroth against you to destroy you. But the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also. (KJV)
Moses argument was not based upon what the people deserved:
Deuteronomy 9:28 Lest the land whence thou broughtest us out say, Because the LORD was not able to bring them into the land which he promised them, and because he hated them, he hath brought them out to slay them in the wilderness. 29 Yet they are thy people and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest out by thy mighty power and by thy stretched out arm. (KJV)
It was this argument that God must have wanted you and me as well as Moses to understand and contemplate fully. God’s graciousness and His mercy is not granted to His creation because we can ever deserve them, but it is for His sake that He works Graciously with His creation and gives us a free will to believe in His mercy and provision for our salvation. Yes, Israel was failing, yet God wanted us to know that even if there was only one or two who loved Him such as Moses He would still keep His promises. As it turned out only Joshua and Caleb from those original Israelites delivered out of Egypt would enter into the promised land.
Paul talks about these things that happened to Israel:
Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. 1 Corinthians 10:11-12 NASB
Jesus wanted us to know that He had come and yes would die for and resurrect for every man, and that act of compassion, Grace and mercy was offered to you and to me as a free gift. Our part in this covenant is only to believe in its power and promises and accept it as it is a free gift. This gift is like a compass. It will always point you to true north. To the very throne room of God, where Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, ever making intercession for you. He the Holy Spirit will renew you and indwell you as He guides you on the straight and narrow path to eternal life.
How will you know that your faith in Jesus gift has placed you on this road to eternal life? It will begin with the call of God to your inner man, and you will know a sorrow for your sin, and a desire to know Him, who would have done such a beautiful thing for you at such a Great price to Himself. That desire to know Him will continue as you hunger for His word and more of Him. You will share your soul with Him in prayer, and His joy and His peace will fill you.
Do not become discouraged, because trials will come, and the enemy will attempt to rob you of this priceless gift, but no man nor demon can steel it away, so long as you hold it securely by faith which is your shield against all enemies. Paul says that we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. But it is the word that builds our faith and keeps it strong. Our work is merely a work of obedience to the Holy Spirit as He replaces our heart of hardness to the promised new heart of the new Covenant.