Causes for the Sin of the Golden Calf (pt 2)



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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Causes for the Sin of the Golden Calf

The event we refer to as the Sin of the Golden Calf, is one of the low points in the wilderness journey of the children of Israel. It was devilish and deadly.golden-calf

Devilish, in that sin that ran rampant in them in their new found “freedom” from Egypt. Their freedom found license to give way to the lusts of the flesh. There was drunkenness, nudity, and inappropriate dancing.  God teaches us about the danger of unrestrained license and misunderstood grace.

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (Tit 2:11-12)

Deadly, in that those that would not repent of the sin of the Golden Calf worship were slain. Unconfessed sin is deadly.  If not physical death, certainly it kills our joy, our walk with God, and our testimony.

There are at least four causes for them falling into this sin. Below are two.

A lack of pastoral (shephard) leadership 

And 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. (Exo 32:1)preachingbible

When left to our own devices without spiritual leadership and guidance, we are apt to fall into the philosophy of the times of the judges.

In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes. (Jdg 17:6)

God knows this and has set up authorities in our lives that watch for our soul’s health and safety.

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. (Heb 13:17)

A lack of patience

…and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us…

The wo269ac8erd “up” gives the sense of urgency and impatience. With their spiritual leader absent, they felt the needed to be doing something and going somewhere. Sometimes we need to just wait on God’s timing.

Learn to wait on and with God.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (Psa 27:14)
 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isa 40:31)

(to be continued)

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