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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

1And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 2And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. 3And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. 4And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 5And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. 6And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. (KJV)

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