“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.” – Ex 32:1 (KJV)
God brought them out of Egypt that they would be His and no others; that they would serve Him as a nation of priests.
For as long as they did this, they were special to Him; pure, lacking nothing and impregnable to any power. However they corrupted themselves.
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves.” – Ex 32:7 (KJV)
Having corrupted themselves, they were not fit anymore to enter the promise land. They had stepped aside from God’s way, fashioning their own way, a product of their reasoning.
The New Covenant Deliverer, the Lord Jesus, is in heaven (as Moses was on the mountain) interceding for us. There seem to be a delay, so the Church like the wilderness church has grown impatient and have fashioned out their own way.
(1) The people saw.
They realized how long it was that Moses had gone, or delayed to come down. Their eyes were suddenly open to situations they ought not to see, like Eve in Genesis 3. Seeing what they shouldn’t see moved them from the way of the Lord.
“And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I SAW that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering. And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.” – 1 Sam 13:11-13 (KJV)
King Saul lost the kingdom forever because he saw a situation he shouldn’t have seen. “Open eyes” IS the characteristic of the end-time, the ONLY proof of Man’s fall. This was when Man began to see the nakedness of his fellow; outward judgment. We judge outwardly!
(2) They became impatient!
They were not able to judge Moses’ delay. They lacked the ability or power to endure delay, provocation or hardship. Today, as Christ tarries to come, Christians have grown impatient; both toward God and man.
(3) Making Men of God too powerful.
The people went to Aaron and said to him, “up…….!” Today we also see this trend; Men of God have been made too powerful that their words are almost being substitutes to the word of God! They have been made “alternatives” to God; saviours and messiahs of some sort.
(4) Making Men of God too important.
The people gathered themselves unto Aaron, He became the central figure. God was not at the centre anymore. Today Servants of God have taken centre stage. They are larger than the God they preach.
“And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.” – Acts 14:11-15 (KJV)
(4) Imposition on Men of God
In Moses’ absence they imposed their will on Aaron, “make us gods!” There is today, an imposition on men of God! “This is what we want, give it to us or we’ll leave you!”
“A time will come when people will not listen to accurate teachings. Instead, they will follow their own desires and surround themselves with teachers who tell them what they want to hear. People will refuse to listen to the truth and turn to myths.” – 2 Tim 4:3-4 (GW)
“For a time is coming when they will not tolerate wholesome instruction, but, wanting to have their ears tickled, they will find a multitude of teachers to satisfy their own fancies; and will turn away from listening to the truth and will turn aside to fables.” – 2 Tim 4:3-4 (WEY)
You must “see” something for them when you pray else they will dub you “not a man of God!” and leave the Assembly!
To remain relevant to them (as though they called men of God to the ministry), lies are told them; with further lies to maintain the lie! And the lie continues to grow making for the people what Jeremiah would call, “a yoke of iron”. It should not be so!
In asking Aaron to make them gods, they were saying indirectly, “Give us something to believe in; something we can see and touch”. They were no more a people of faith! Again, we see the trend in today’s Church. Until people see “signs and wonder”, they will not believe! For this Jesus rebuked Thomas.
“But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, we have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” – John 20:24-29 (KJV)
Faith is gradually dying as Christians are given things to believe in; things they can see and touch: mantles, oil, water, candles, incense, soap, etc.
These ought not to be so!!!
Faith does not need a material, tangible thing to be potent!
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN.” – Heb 11:1 (KJV)
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Hebrews 11:3).
(6) Satanic Direction.
As against divine direction, the people asked for something “which shall go before us.” Ex 32:1 (KJV)
As they could not endure his absence they asked for something that will lead them and give them direction, to keep them busy. Something to pursue, even if they are not able to catch it or attain it!
“He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.” – Eccl 5:10 (KJV)
This is the bane of the Church today! We are running after worldly wealth that Jesus turned down in Matthew 4, though we know we can never get enough of it or carry any of it to heaven!
This is a satanic direction we are taking, the way of mammon; a way Jesus warned us against!
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” – Matt 6:24 (KJV)
This is a dangerous trend, let’s retrace our steps!
……to be continued.