Friday, October 14, 2011
REFLECTIONS ON EXODUS 32 AND DEUTERONOMY 9 (Part 3)
THE ABSENCE OF GODLY LEADERSHIP (Part Three) – People Sacrifice to / for Their Idol’s
As Moses, under the guidance of God, led the people out of Egypt and into the wilderness (a very, very difficult place to be), he then entered the presence of God on Mount Sinai, resulting in his absence from the people for forty days and nights. In the absence of his godly leadership we’ve seen the people establish an idol as a supposed solution to the void of his leadership (vs.1) and we’ve seen that they assigned to this idol accomplishments that ultimately belonged to the hand of God (vs.4). Verse 6 reads, “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.” With just a minor amount of reflection, we can quickly and easily see that people will sacrifice to and for their idols. If your idol is money, you will sacrifice for it. You will evaluate the use of your time and energy, you will compromise your moral character, you will sacrifice relationships for the sake of financial gain. This is true regardless of what one’s idol takes on. It might be one’s reputation, success or “happiness.” It might be sports, food or sex. It might be religious in nature, anti-religious in nature or non-religious in nature. It might be drugs (legal or illegal) and/or alcohol. It might be humanitarian aid or Christian ministry. Idols come in all forms and will always exact sacrifice from their worshippers. Satan knows this very well. Jesus understood this also. “…the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory; and he said to Him, ‘All these things will I give You, if You fall down and worship me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Begone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’’” (Matthew 4:8-10, NASB) Jesus also taught that a man cannot serve two masters. Are you serving and sacrificing to a useless, deadly idol or are you serving, honoring, worshipping, loving and, yes, sacrificing, to and for the Living God?