Exodus 32: Wrapping up Some Loose Ends
I told you on October 4 that we would eventually get to this point. If you remember, I wrote about how waiting is hard sometimes, but God is always working for our benefit in His time. I left you with a thought about what happens when we try to take matters into our own hands and go our own way.
In Exodus chapter 32, the Israelites decided to go their own way.
Exo 32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
Exo 32:2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.
Exo 32:3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.
Exo 32:4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
There is so much that went wrong here, but let me start from the top. Like I insinuated in my previous post, the Israelites were impatient. They wondered what had happened to Moses, and when they got tired of waiting, they talked to Aaron about making them an idol for a god. I already wrote about why we need to wait on God’s time.
After that, Aaron gave in to them. Of course, I wrote yesterday about being a leader. Good leaders do what is right even when they were under pressure. That was mistake number two.
The final, and the biggest, mistake in this situation came from verse four. They attributed all of the miracles that had happened to their false god. Even though God mentioned several times over the past few days that He did many of these things because He wanted people to know that He was God, they were obviously disregarding that issue. This is almost a direct slap.
We need to avoid that in our own lives, but I would think that most of our problems come back to the fact that we give ourselves credit when God really deserves the credit. I know that most of us don’t go out and build physical idols, but I bet plenty of us have made this mistake. Something great happens, and it is pretty easy to think that it was only because of our hard work or we deserve that break.
That is absolutely wrong.
God is directly involved in our lives, and things happen according to a plan that He has already determined.
Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
We need to give God credit for who He is rather than try to give ourselves credit for what we are.