Exodus 32:5-6.. 5 Now when Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord.”
- Aaron not only made a golden calf, but also he built an altar as a place of worship and adoration for the false god.
- Aaron made a proclamation for a day of celebration and worship to the false Lord. It was not to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Aaron was declaring that the true God had been replaced by a golden calf.
6 So the next day they rose early and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
- Early the next morning they arose. You know how difficult it is to challenge God’s people to regularly wake up, to attend Sunday School and worship. Yet, God’s people were so committed to this false god that they rose early to worship it.
- Not only did God’s people give of their gold to make the golden calf, but they actually offered gifts to this false deity.
- The people sat down to eat and drink, and got up to play. The people did not want accountability to God; they wanted to worship a god that would provide for their every need, without making any demands on them for obedience and holiness. They wanted to play rather than pray; they wanted to worship what they had created so that they could worship themselves. This is the nature of the sin of rebellion.
Which of the Ten Commandments did the Israelites break in their rebellion? #1 & #2.
When disciples worship God, we are acknowledging that we are made in His image, with value and dignity, though sinners. When we make God into a god who satisfies us, we have rebelled against God and sinned by worshiping idols of our own making.
What is the relationship between idolatry and rebellion? Why is it so hard for people who trust in idols to see their rebellion against God? How have you rebelled against God by worshipping your favorite idols?
Henry Luke 10/25/2017
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