Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” (Exodus 32:1)
There is much revealed to us in this verse and not just about the actions of the past; there are prophetic implications as well. Consider that Moses delayed his coming, meaning that the people expected him back on a certain day and when he didn’t return then, they resorted to rebellion and worship of something forbidden. Likewise, Yeshua had much to say about His return and what some of His servants would be engaged in when He did for He too, it is implied, will delay His coming.
Where Israel of old was concerned, they had previously told Moses and God that “whatever the LORD says, we will hear and do.” Of course, they said this as they stood at the base of a mountain enshrouded in thick dark smoke and quaking as the voice of God boomed from the mountaintop. In other words, their fear of God prompted them to say this, however, we learn that this wasn’t what was truly in their heart. In fact, the writer of Hebrews said that they asked God to cease speaking because they “couldn’t endure what was commanded” (Hebrews 12:20).
I have always found it interesting that this chapter, chapter 32 as written in Hebrew, actually spells the Hebrew word for “heart” (לב lev) They had said, “We will hear and obey” but what was in their hearts? As soon as Moses fails to return at the time they expect him, they fall into rebellion and incite others to join with them. In the end, they worshiped the image of a beast.
So then, in these last days, we must be certain that our hearts are in sync with God’s will and purpose and that we truly love Him with ALL of our hearts. There is a good chance that the Bridegroom will delay His coming — He as much as said it in the parable of the Ten Virgins — but even if He does we must remain steadfast in our devotion to Him. Let us not grow weary in well doing and let us not grow discouraged because of the evil day. He will return and when He does, let Him find us doing His will with all of our hearts.
Blessings and Shalom,