Wednesday, October 12, 2011

REFLECTIONS ON EXODUS 32 AND DEUTERONOMY 9 (Part 2)

“Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron, and said to him, ‘Come, make us a god who will go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ And Aaron said to them, ‘Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.’ Then all the people tore off the gold rings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, and made it into a molten calf; and they said, “This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.’ Now when Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made a proclamation and said, ‘Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord.’ So the next day they rose early and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, ‘Go down at once, for your people, whom you brought up from the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. ‘They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them. They have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it, and have sacrificed to it, and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!’’ And the Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, and behold, they are an obstinate people. Now then let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them, and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation.’” (Exodus 32:1-10, NASB)

THE ABSENCE OF GODLY LEADERSHIP (Part Two) – Our Idol’s Steal the Glory of the Lord

In this account, the people of Israel, recently delivered from bondage in the land of Egypt, make a request of Aaron in the absence of the godly leadership of Moses who is spending time on Mount Sinai in the presence of God. The request is that he make them a god who will go before them. Aaron gathered their gold jewelry and skillfully crafted a calf of gold. In presenting this wonderfully crafted manmade god to the people he declares, “This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.” In our last reflection upon this passage, we stated that in the absence of godly leadership, people establish for themselves an idol. Now we see that our idols steal the glory of the Lord!! It would seem beyond ludicrous to ascribe to a calf recently crafted from the melted gold jewelry the feat of delivering the people from bondage in the land of Egypt, but that’s exactly the proclamation being made. How often do we look to our idols of money, man, fame, sex, drugs, alcohol, material possessions, relationships, music, etc., etc., etc. for that which they cannot deliver and ascribe to them that for which they never provided? Do your idols blind you to the reality of the provisions that can only be made by the Living God?

No comments: