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Golden Calves


"And Aaron said to them, 'Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me'..... And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, 'This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt' " (Ex.32: 2 & 4).

Have you ever waited so long for something to take place, that you got impatient and did something stupid? People do this in cars all the time and it almost always causes a problem, either for the driver or some other innocent person. For almost a year, the Israelites had been encamped at Sinai. They got there just 3 months after having miraculously crossed the Red Sea as they left Egypt. The manna and quail continued during their stay at Sinai. As the 11 months passed, God had unfolded his law to the people that began with the Ten Commandments. They were about to break number 2....BIG TIME! Moses had gone up into the mountain with Joshua, and left the people with this instruction; "Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them" (24:114). I guess that 40 days and nights is a long time to be gone, but not so long for them to do what they did. Not only did they fashion the golden calf, but they had the temerity to say that it was the god that brought them out of Egypt.

It seems like Aaron came to his senses in verse 5, as he had and alter built and sacrifices made, but the damage had already been done.. The people were "on a roll and one thing led to another. "Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry" (V 6). Sometimes our impatience can lead us to do things that we know that we should not do. It is why patience is a part of the fruit of the spirit that Paul writes about in Galatians 5:22. Unfortunately, even though we can be forgiven of our wrongdoings, we cannot undo the consequences that may occur. Aaron realized that he had done something wrong and tried to atone for it in the sacrifice, but their impatience and consequent actions, could not be undone. We look at this story and say to ourselves how foolish these people were. They had experienced the miracles of the plagues in Egypt and seen their enemies drowned in the sea that they had just walked through. They were eating food that just appeared each day, and were still willing to worship a calf made of gold and sin before their God. As we turn to ourselves, we have the miracle of Jesus who died that we might have forgiveness and eternal life. Do we still build golden calves when things don't go just the way we want them to? Lets make sure that we do not disgrace ourselves and Jesus through our deeds as the Israelites disgraced themselves and God back then...

Have a great day...Make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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