God’s Story For Your Life

God’s Story For Your Life

Exodus 32:1-13

While Moses is on Mount Sinai talking with God and
receiving the law, the
people grow restless and make a terrible

Don’t Have a Cow
the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the
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
here from the land of Egypt.”

So Aaron said, “Take the gold rings from
the ears of your wives and sons and
daughters, and bring them to

All the people took the gold rings from their ears and brought them
to Aaron.
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!”

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!” /

Two popular Egyptian gods, Hapi
and Hathor, were depicted as a bull and a
heifer. No doubt the Israelites,
fresh from Egypt, found it quite natural to
make a gold calf to represent the
God who had just delivered them from their
oppressors. They longed for a god
with a face. Even though Israel had seen the
invisible God in action, they
still wanted something familiar that they could
see and shape into whatever
image they desired. In doing so, they were
ignoring the command he had just
given them: “You must not make for yourself
an idol of any kind or an image
of anything in the heavens or on the earth or
in the sea” (Exodus 20:4). They
may even have thought they were worshiping
God. Their apparent sincerity was
no substitute for obedience and no excuse
for disobedience.

Our great
temptation still is to shape a god to our liking, to make him
convenient to
obey or ignore. Even if we do not make idols, we are often
guilty of trying
to make God in our image, molding him to fit our
expectations, desires, and
circumstances. When we do this, we end up
worshiping ourselves rather than
the God who created us—and self-worship leads
to all kinds of immorality. The
gods we create blind us to the love that God
wants to shower on

What gods in your life are standing in front of
the true God? What is your
favorite image of God? Is it biblical? Consider
the idols you need to destroy
in order to worship the immeasurably powerful
God who delivered you from
bondage to sin.

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