When Moses and Joshua returned from the mountain, they heard raucous noise coming from the camp. The noise wasn’t joyful or mournful. Joshua thought it was like war. Moses pegged it: it was the noise of a people gone wild, acting like the pagan nation they had been redeemed from and the pagan nations around them. Pastor noted that before we jumped condemn the Israelites – how quickly they returned to idol worship – we need to look at the human condition. The author of Hebrews (Hebrews 12:1) calls our current sin and temptation, “that which so easily ensnares …” The ESV renders this as the sin that “clings so closely…” The Lord warns Cain (Genesis 4:7) that sin is “crouching at the door. It’s desire is for you…” Peter warns in 1 Peter 5:8 that our adversary walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
Don’t be deceived: sin is close to us and the enemy would have us fall prey to it.
Do not be afraid, though, have courage: James tells us (James 4:7), ” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
How are you resisting? What scripture is useful to aid in the resistance?
Aaron’s answer to Moses – the calf just came out of the fire – was ludicrous and deceitful.
It’s easy to look at other’s trying to rationalize their sin in the face of “getting caught”.
Again, we need to be mindful of the plank in our own eye.
Most of us, at times, rationalize our sin before we come to terms with the gravity of it.
How do you rationalize your sin?
Moses is a pattern of Christ in this passage in two ways. First, he realizes that the people had to be called to repentance. The text is silent, but it is reasonable to think that even those who loved the Lord may have been drawn into the sin of the masses. Moses pricks the hearts of those whose hearts could be pricked. He calls out (Exodus 32:26) to the faithful who had been sinning, “Who is on the Lord’s side? Come to me.” His words remind us of Christ’s in John 6:37 :
All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. (John 6:37 ESV)
Second, Moses purposes to make atonement for the people’s sin.
How is Christ calling you to repentance, even this very minute? Know that He is your atonement – He covers over your sin, if you believe on Him and confess Him. Have questions? Call the church and ask to speak with an elder about the saving work of Jesus Christ.