Moses was like a parent. Perhaps they thought he had run off. They started to worry and fear.
They were trusting in Moses instead of the LORD. The people need to “see” something to know God was near.
“Come, make us a god who will go before us…” Aaron probably did not think making a “god” was a good idea.
To build the “god” the people would need to give their gold rings. Aaron took the gold and made it into a calf. “This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
An idol is something that people use to represent or remind them of god. The people were using the calf as a reminder of the LORD. But the God of Israel is different because He cannot be made into an item or image.
Often times people will worship the item by bringing gifts and sacrifices thinking they are worshiping God. They forgot the promises God made if they would obey Him.
God told Moses the people were sinning. He wanted to destroy them and start all over with just Moses.
He pleaded with God to forgive the people. Moses talked about the promises made to Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. God changed His mind and decided not to destroy the Jewish people.
Moses was furious! He was so angry he broke the tablets. This was a physical action that represented what the people were doing with the LORD’s commandments. They were breaking them by disobeying them.
Aaron claimed the calf appeared by itself when they threw gold in the fire. The people were out of control and going crazy.
Moses demanded that the people choose between God and the idol. The tribe of Levi gathered together to him.
Moses instructed the tribe of Levi to pick us a sword and kill every person who worshipped the idol. The idol was crushed into powder and Moses made the people drink it. Even though Moses was angry with the actions of the people, he still loved them.
God to forgive them. The people were trying to find God in a person like Moses or a thing like the golden calf. The LORD cannot be found in anything that is physical or created by a person.
An idol is anything that is more important to us than the LORD. Many things can become more important to us than Yeshua. Yeshua wants us to love him and keep him as first in our lives.
Luke 6:46 “Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?”
Our Hebrew word this week is “Egel Maseikhah” In English this means the “Molten Calf”. Calf – Egel Molten - Maseikhah
The people became impatient and fearful while Moses was on the mountain. Aaron and the people made an idol to represent the LORD. God told Moses to stop the people and they were punished.