[bible1year] Devotional comments on Exodus 32-34

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 28 Jan 2015 12:41:18 -0000
        While Moses was on the Mount getting divine 
direction as to how man can worship God, the people 
devised a "golden calf." This reveals man's human nature 
and verifies Isaiah 64:6 that "All our righteousnesses 
are as filthy rags."

        The golden calf stands as a symbol of human 
intellect devising a system of worship apart from God 
and His direction. The significance of Aaron's golden 
calf is that man, left to himself, will worship the 
works of his own hands. Can was the first example of 
such a deceitful heart. Not only did the children of 
Israel violate the graven image commandment that had 
just been given to them, but actually proclaimed a feast 
unto the Lord and offered burnt offerings. All of this 
was an abomination unto God.

        Today, idolatry is still very prevalent in the 
world. Idolatry does not have to be a golden calf; it is 
anything we put before God. Many people are slaves to 
money, using money as their god; others use houses and 
lands; some sports, or even their families. But God's 
Word still resounds down through the years that we 
should have no other gods before us. We must obey God 
and Him only. It is always better to obey than to 
sacrifice. Jesus said, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, 
and do not the things which I say?" There is no 
substitute for obedience, and there is no substitute for 
the true and living God.

        God-ordained leadership was very essential to 
the spiritual life of Israel, but while Moses was on the 
Mount, the majority of the people voted to dismiss him 
as their pastor. They preferred someone who would go 
along with their popular ideas, and Aaron made himself 
available and willingly cooperated to satisfy their 
lusts.

        Today, we should pray for the men of God who 
faithfully preach the Word and have the courage to 
reprove, rebuke, and exhort (II Timothy 4:1-4). 
"Remember them which have the rule over you, who have 
spoken unto you the Word of God...submit yourselves: for 
they watch for your souls, as they must give account, 
that they may do it with joy, and not with grief" 
(Hebrews 13:7,17). Your pastor should be upheld in your 
daily prayers, that he might have the courage to be the 
servant of the Lord, and follow the leadership of God in 
every case; never the leadership of man.