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)
In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul discussed the different mistakes made by the Exodus generation and the various consequences of those misdeeds. At the end of his narrative he made this very important point: “These things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come” (1 Corinthians 10:11). Therefore, if we are convinced that we are living in the last days, we should take note of their mistakes so as not to repeat them.
In that line of thought let us again consider how they responded when things didn’t happen the way they had expected. As was mentioned in yesterday’s devotion, when Moses delayed his coming the people reacted in a way that led to rebellion and, for many, destruction. Rabbinical commentators make the case that the people had been calculating his return and expected him back on 40th day but had miscalculated by only one day. If correct, this amplifies the tragedy of what occurred next. Having determined that Moses was dead, they demanded a VISIBLE god.
In other words, they felt the need to have a god they could see — one they could touch, comprehend and define. They were compelled to put God in a box and have Him be conformed to the image they created for Him. Thus we learn that, what people can’t understand and control, they tend to reject and replace with something more to their suiting. Unfortunately, this error has continued through the ages and, to date, people still keep trying to put God in the the box they have fashioned for Him. They interpret His Word in a way that allows for their preferred lifestyle and invoke His name even as they profane His authority.
Unfortunately for them, He will not be contained in their little box nor will He abide their rebellion. There is soon coming a day when all of man’s golden calves will be destroyed to the dismay of millions and so it is important that we, as His people, not be numbered among the transgressors. Let us not follow the whims of the crowd and be caught up in their rebellion so as to accommodate their sin as Aaron did. To the contrary, let us stand fast in the truth and wait faithfully for the return of our King knowing that, though He delay His return, He is coming. Then, all eyes shall see Him and shall know that He is the LORD.
Blessings and Shalom,