2015-06-01 - What Would an Impatient Person Say?
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.” (Exodus 32:1 TLB)
What was taking Moses so long? I knew he was closer to the Lord than anyone, but our leader had been gone forever. There really wasn't anything for us to do here, while Moses conversed on the mountain with the Lord. How inconsiderate.
We asked Aaron, Moses brother to make us gods. Surely they would not abandon us. We had no choice, right? We had to be proactive. I imagine you would have done the same. Did God get us out of slavery, to hang around and wait? I don't believe God operates that way.
Aaron used our earrings to melt and mold the heavy metal, and out of the fire came a calf shaped idol. Aaron built the image an altar and came up with the idea to throw a party in honor of the calf. At least, we can now worship something visible. We're told to worship God, sight unseen.
I did not expect Moses to understand. It went against everything he tried to instill in us. I was now glad Moses hadn't returned yet. Once he arrived, we'd have to explain our actions, and I for one wasn't ready for that confrontation. Until then, I would enjoy the celebration.
Lord, I don't want to suffer the consequences of living in the flesh. Help me make the right decisions. May I have no regrets. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.