Posted in God, tagged faith, God on January 14, 2009 |
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The other day when reading Stuff Christians Like, I found the dramatized exchange between Moses and Aaron quite amusing.
While relaying this amusing story to a colleague at the office, I began to see the incident with the golden calf in a whole new light.
Here is some background. The Israelites had been in slavery for 400 years. Most of them had probably given up on God doing anything to rescue them. Then, practically out of the blue, God arrives on the scene and, through a series of dramatic events, frees the nation from slavery and walks them (through the Red Sea) to freedom.
Now a short while later God calls Moses away for a chat. When Moses gets back he finds the whole nation is worshiping an idol. This being one of the things God had specifically asked them not to do, Moses got quite mad.
The question that popped into my mind as I was retelling the story was “What, after all the blatant evidence of God’s presence, the 10 plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, the pillar of fire and smoke, food and water in the middle of the desert, what after all these things caused these people to go after a man made god?”
The bible says: “When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain…” Exodus 32:1a
Simply put: They got tired of waiting!
But wait, before we point fingers at these guys, we need to ask ourselves, I need to ask myself, how often do I get tired of waiting?
How often to we put something into God’s hands one moment and then a short while later get tired of waiting?
Is it just me or does that track with you?
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