Here are two more reasons that precipitated the rapid fall into the worship of the Golden Calf.
A lack of a personal relationship with God
I believe this is the key to why the Children of Israel were (and we are) so susceptible to falling into the worship of their own Golden Calves.
When our walk with God is weak and our relationship is strained because of sin or periods of separation, iniquity and idolatry are ready to seep into our hearts.
This relationship was not desired by the people. (Deu 5:24-30)
By reading Deu.5:24-30 we learn that although the words of the people sounded right, God knew their hearts were not seriously seeking the relationship and obedience they expressed with their lips.
O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever! (Deu 5:29)
God still cries out for our fellowship and obedience.
This relationship was not developed by the people.
What a relationship they could have established.
They had much time on their hands that they could have invested to know God better. They had His close proximity displayed by the pillars of fire and cloud. They had His desire to have the love of His people.
Yet, in spite of all these advantages, they left their walk with the God that had redeemed them and went after an idol formed by their own hands.
How is this any different from our own failures? We have also been redeemed and have the same God that desires a close personal relationship with us. Yet, we do not find ourselves spending sufficient quality time developing this relationship and growing closer to Him. As a result, we too fall into the sin of idolatry
Lack of personal convictions
No one seems to have spoken up. No one seems to have had the personal convictions established to say no to the suggestions and movement of the people toward the calf.
If we are going to keep from following the world’s suggestions of what Christianity is and resist the temptations to give over to the fleshly desires as did Israel, we must establish our own Scriptural convictions. We must determine in our own hearts in what we will and in what we will not participate, regardless of what others may do.
Do you have any convictions based upon Scripture that would keep you from following their failure?
I will address the establishment of conviction in a later post.
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