Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Exodus 32: Impatience leads to sin

Don't forget to keep memorizing the word of God!
Hello folks! I hope you enjoyed Daphne's thoughts last night. Thank you again for your contribution, Daphne ☺. And so for today's chapter. I couldn't believe how many lessons there were in these verses; time doesn't permit me to go through them all but I'll list a few of the lessons that stood out for me.

Verse 1. The people grew very impatient, waiting for Moses to come back from his meeting with the Lord on Mt Sinai. Finally, they just 'couldn't OR wouldn't' wait any longer so they got Aaron to make them false gods, blaming it on Moses because he was taking so long. Why do we always have to blame someone or something else when we do wrong? This is something we all know started in the Garden of Eden after Adam
and Eve sinned - Eve blamed the serpent, Adam blamed Eve and also, in a roundabout way, he blamed the Lord Himself. What is so wrong with accepting that we made a mistake? Why can't we bring ourselves to own up to things? Anyway, the people had sinned as a result of their impatience but it was more than impatience that caused their sin - at the root of this sin, as in all sin, was a sinful heart which was bent on backsliding. look up these verses for yourself - Jeremiah 3:6,11,12,22 and Hosea 11:7 and 14:4 - to see what God says about our backsliding heart.

Verse 2. Take a look back at Exodus 28. Aaron was given a very privileged position as high priest - he had responsibilities which he has not taken seriously. Has he already forgotten the second commandment, Exodus 20:4, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image..."? Or was it a case of jealousy, where Aaron felt that he could do just as good a job, if not better, than his missing brother Moses? If you look at Numbers chapter 12, you will read there about Aaron and Miriam turning against their brother through jealousy and about how they criticized him and the work he was doing. Unfortunately, family members can hurt each other due to jealousy and other reasons; worse still, Christians in God's family can also hurt each other. The Christian can be the focus of an attack by another brother or sister in the Lord and this causes great pain and harm to the individual and to the work of God as a whole. The world and the devil already have it in for the Christian so why would we want to harm our brothers and sisters in Christ too? We should be united in the daily battle against the devil, not hurting and bringing down one other. Check out this post on Courtney's blog Women Living Well.

Verses 21-24. When Moses returns and challenges Aaron, Aaron blames the people - "They made me do it". He tries to get out of taking full responsibility for his actions - he says he threw the gold into the fire and all of a sudden there appears this golden image in the shape of a calf! He must have thought Moses was daft to believe such a story.

The lessons we can learn here are to:
  • know and be very aware that our hearts are always leaning towards backsliding, slipping away from God 
  • cultivate patience - impatience can lead to disaster when we take matters into our own hands (the story of Sarah and Hagar is a very clear example of this, and we are still living with the consequences of Sarah's impatience to this very day)
  • accept full responsibility for our sin and don't try to blame others
Prayer matters
  • Ask the Lord to help you to be diligent in keeping your heart right with Him at all times, knowing its leaning is towards turning away from Him
  • Ask Him to teach you patience (be aware though that He may have to bring you through some very tough times to mould you into that patient person, trust me on this one!!)
  • Ask the Lord to help you to accept your own part in wrong doing and to confess it before Him, remembering the wonderful promise of 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness". What a gracious God we serve!
Hugs Karen x

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