Sunday 29 October 2017

Devotional Tea 3: Make us a god

Scripture: Exodus 32:1-6 (TLB)

When Moses didn’t come back down the mountain right away, the people went to Aaron. “Look,” they said, “make us a god to lead us, for this fellow Moses who brought us here from Egypt has disappeared; something must have happened to him.” “Give me your gold earrings,” Aaron replied. So they all did—men and women, boys and girls. Aaron melted the gold, then molded and tooled it into the form of a calf. The people exclaimed, “O Israel, this is the god that brought you out of Egypt!”

When Aaron saw how happy the people were about it, he built an altar before the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a feast to Jehovah!” So they were up early the next morning and began offering burnt offerings and peace offerings to the calf idol; afterwards they sat down to feast and drink at a wild party, followed by sexual immorality.

"We don't seem to want to worship a God who's too big, too authoritative. We seem more comfortable with a deity who's more manageable." (Mark Finley)
Let us look at some key phrases and words in this passage.

Note first, “Look make us a god….” [Verse 1] Just how many of us are making gods unto ourselves today? We are making gods who will do that which we want. We are concocting gods who are a mirror of our own lust. Of all beings, why did they make a god out of the image of a calf? Why not a man, or something higher? Their lust had the better of their senses. What they hungered for could not make them think right. Is it any different in today’s world?

Note the next phrase, “When Aaron saw how the people were about it….” Is that not how we run churches today? Playing to the gallery? We go with the majority, rather than the word of God. Are we any better? We focus on the scriptures of our choosing. How so quick we hear people say quotes like, “Judge not,” “It is all about love,” and the likes. We are too quick to justify our sins and waywardness, rather than repent.

God is not mocked. There is a day of reckoning. Are you prepared?

Further Reading: Exodus 32:21-26; Acts 7:39-43; Romans 1:16-32; 2 Timothy 2:19; Galatians 6:7-9.

Prayer: Lord, deliver me from myself and my desire for worldly pleasure. May you always be my first and only choice in all that I do, think or say.

© 2017 Akin Akinbodunse

Links to Series:
Devotional Tea 2: My God is "I Am"
Devotional Tea 4: Remember!

Links to Other Resources:
Heaven (Randy Alcorn)
We Shall See God (Randy Alcorn)
Morning and Evening (Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

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