“Come, make us a god who will go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” 2 Aaron said to them, “Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 Then all the people tore off the gold rings which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said, “This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
The people of Israel, at this point in history, were eye witnesses of the mighty hand of God delivering them out of Egypt and its bondage to Pharaoh. Amazingly, they decided to create for themselves a golden statue who they then labelled as their “god”.
Instead of worshipping the one true God – who created us in His image – they created their own god, a god they created in their own image; a golden calf.
As we read this we are quick to recognise this as idolatry, and rightly so.
But we would be well served to dig a little deeper and ask some questions. Like, where did the Israelites get the gold from that they collected and used to make the golden calf? Interestingly, the gold earrings and jewellery came with them from Egypt.
But every woman shall ask of her neighbor and the woman who lives in her house, articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and you will put them on your sons and daughters. Thus you will (B)plunder the Egyptians.”
The gold was provided miraculously by God as the plunder from the land of their enemy.
Isn’t it amazing to see, that the gold that God had blessed his people with, that was provided by His favour upon them, could be so quickly turned into an idol.
It is sobering to realise, just as the blessings of God can turn into the idols of man in the Old Testament, the same is true of you and I today. The good things given to us by God to enjoy, to use, to steward well, can be corrupted for something which they were not created, idolatry.
Have the blessings of God in your life (whatever shape or form they may come in) caused you to be an idolater, displacing Jesus from the centre of your heart and life?
Or do the blessings of God cause you to love and worship God more, which overflows from a heart of gratitude?
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for the ways in which you have blessed me. I love you Father and don’t want anything to take the rightful place you have in my life as number one. Forgive me to allowing created things to take your place. I repent and run back to you. Amen.