Rebellion - Explore the Bible for October 22, 2017
Explore the Bible
October 22, 2017
Exodus 32:1-6, 11-14
Many people are convinced that created things can fill the emptiness in their lives and fulfill the deepest longing of their hearts. They think created things, like idols, are under their control. This control is only an illusion. They exchange the truth for a lie, choosing to serve and worship a created thing rather than the Creator (Rom. 1:25). Idol worship is sinful rebellion against God’s authority and sovereignty.
Moses stayed on the mountain longer than the people expected. They asked Aaron to make them a god. This rebellion was against their promise to obey God (Ex. 19:8; 24:3, 7). Aaron and the tribal leaders were just as guilty because they didn’t consult God or Moses and they didn’t warn the people.
The Israelites wanted a tangible idol to lead them. Aaron fashioned a calf from the gold brought from Egypt. The people said to each other, “Israel, this is your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!” (Ex. 32:4, HCSB). Aaron built an altar in front of it, and the next day the people presented offerings and began to engage in revelry.
God’s anger was kindled against the people (Ex. 32:9). Their sin was so great that God wanted to destroy them, but Moses interceded for the people. Moses didn’t speak to his own fame but asked the Lord not to destroy them because of His great name. He reminded God of His covenant with Abraham and the message it would send to the Egyptians. “So the LORD relented,” and did not destroy the people (Ex. 32:14, HCSB).
An idol is anything that gets between God and us. Idols don’t have to be tangible but can be our careers, positions, prestige, social standing, ideologies, theologies, families, prejudices and even church. The popular culture promotes control of self to the point of the exclusion of God.
As believers, we must have control over our lives but not to the extent that we rebel against the authority and sovereignty of almighty God.