“When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the mountain, they gathered around Aaron. “Come on,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.” 2 So Aaron said, “Take the gold rings from the ears of your wives and sons and daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 All the people took the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron.4 Then Aaron took the gold, melted it down, and molded it into the shape of a calf. When the people saw it, they exclaimed, “O Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of the land of Egypt!” 5 Aaron saw how excited the people were, so he built an altar in front of the calf. Then he announced, “Tomorrow will be a festival to the Lord!” 6 The people got up early the next morning to sacrifice burnt offerings and peace offerings. After this, they celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.”
Not only did their rebellion lead to a loss of leadershipand cause them to waste their time, talents and treasure on wants instead of investing them in worship, but it also
- Led to living a lie instead of living for the Lord – Vs 4
verse 4 “When the people saw it, they exclaimed, “O Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of the land of Egypt!”They didn’t just lie to themselves they lied to others. How do you believe such a blatant lie? It’s not hard when it’s not the first lie you have listened to. Remember in verse 1 they stated that it was Moses, who brought them out of land of Egypt, but that’s not true. It was the Savior who brought them out of slavery, Moses was just the servant. God’s shepherds are servants who should point people to the Savior not to self. Pastors are you pointing people to Jesus. Because it’s about creating followers of Jesus not fans of self. Look when you base your life on a lie it becomes easier to listen to more lies. They didn’t just buy into the lie they began building on the lie. What you buy into you will build on. What lies are you buying into and basing your life on? Why do we listen to the lies because we’ve stopped listening to the Lord. As a result, we let ourselves be led by the lies instead of by the Lord. You can’t listen to the lies and live for the Lord. The lies you listen to will dictate the life you live. Are you listening to lies or to the Lord? Are you filling your heart and mind with truth or trash? How did they go from worshipping God to a calf worshipping cult? They focused on a man not the Messiah. They made it about Moses more than the Master. When we follow a person it’s not long before we forget about God’s presence. Why a calf because that’s what the culture they had come from in Egypt worshiped. Today we still experience that same spiritual peer pressure, am I going to cave to popular culture or worship Christ? Today we think we are so much more sophisticated than those pagan people who worshiped calves, but look around we are a culture that is still worshiping creation instead of the Creator. A while back I did a wedding in Colorado, it was supposed to be an outdoor wedding and the forecast was for bad weather, so the wedding coordinator said we will have to ask the universe for good weather. I responded to that by saying let’s pray and ask the creator of the universe to bless the day. Today we are worshipping creation instead of the creator of creation, Jesus Christ. You will either worship Jesus or a joke. The people traded the Father for foolishness. Making it about an object instead of the Author. When we can’t see God there is a temptation to replace Him with something that we can see, money, possessions, sports. So let me ask you, are you living for an idol or are you living for the Lord? Not only did it lead to living a lie but also to:
- Following our feelings instead of the Father – Vs 5
Verse 5 say “Aaron saw how excited the people were, so he built an altar in front of the calf. Then he announced, “Tomorrow will be a festival to the Lord!”Their decisions were driven by emotion instead of devotion. Following your feelings feeds the flesh but following the Father feeds your faith. Are your decisions based on your feelings or on your faith? Notice that Aaron declared that it would be a festival to the Lord. This is God’s name. Israel wanted to worship, but they wanted to combine a pagan god with the Real God. They wanted to straddle the fence, to have one foot in the Word and one in the world. There’s a fancy word for that, it’s called pluralism. Where we try to combine the true God of Scripture with other beliefs. It’s a smorgasbord kind of faith where we cherry pick what we want to create a hybrid faith that fits our feelings. It’s the religion that’s ruling America. We have become a nation that worships our wants. Feelings have replaced the Father. And when people don’t feed into our feelings, we get offended. That’s why we are so easily offended because we worship our feelings. We worry more about being offended than being an offence. We are so caught up in being offended that we fail to see our sin as an offence to God. As a result, we focus on our hurt feelings more than the heart of the Father. We need God and only God because everything else is garbage. Are you worshiping your wants or the way the truth and the life? Lastly it also:
- Led to a lust-based life instead of a love-based life – Vs 6
Verse 6 says “The people got up early the next morning to sacrifice burnt offerings and peace offerings. After this, they celebrated with feasting and drinking, and they indulged in pagan revelry.”They were not feeding their faith they were filling their flesh. They made it about their happiness not their holiness.They looked for something to substitute the place God had in their life. “This is your God, oh Israel”(Ex. 32:4). But they didn’t just look for a substitute they lived for it. They gave their heart to their substitute god and they tied their salvation to their substitute god, offered it their burnt offerings and peace offerings. A lust-based life is focused on getting but a love-based life focuses on giving. Are you living a love or a lust-based life? When Moses showed up verse 25 says that the people were naked and had lost their guilt and shame. They were out of control, that describes our country. We worship sex instead of worshiping the One who gave us the gift. Rebellion always results in ruin. Is there any rebellion in your heart that you need to repent of and return to God?