The Golden Calf (Exodus 32:1-6)

Jason Roddy, May 11, 2014
Part of the Exposition of Exodus series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

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This evening's message recounts the shocking event of the Israelites sudden fall from their faith in God by committing the sin of idolatry. Turning to worship an idol fashioned into the shape of calf made from the very gold which was given to them by God for the use of building a temple!

The account is a lesson to us today. We may try justify our actions, but breaking what God’s commands is rebellion against Him, and those who harden their hearts will be held accountable.

God is not to be worshiped with idols, images, or worldly desires because it draws attention to the work of our hands instead of the God who made all things. Worship to God alone is the only way to express our faithfulness to Him; no created idol can ever represent the perfection of the Lord.

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Exodus 32:1-6

32:1 When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. 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.” So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord.” And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play. (ESV)

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