Make Us Gods

Monday, October 7, 2019

Month Theme: Focus

Topic: Make Us Gods

Scripture Reading: Exodus 32:1-15

Main Text:
Exodus 32:1
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.

Most men have the tendency to make changes in their lives. They change things like schools, banks, family doctors and churches. As soon as most of us experience any dissatisfaction in our lives, we make efforts to change everything around us. The children of Israel were no different. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night were not enough to keep them from double-mindedness. Many church folks experience this problem too. They do not know that their pastor is merely a messenger and not the originator of the Word. They refuse to acknowledge that their pastor is limited. They virtually put their trust in him.

These people were brought out of Egypt by the mighty hand of God. His manifestation to them was very tangible. Yet, they doubted God’s existence when Moses went up Mount Sinai and delayed in coming down. The redeemed of the LORD, the children of Israel, lacked the ability to put a line of demarcation between God and Moses. To them, God and Moses were the same. If Moses delayed in coming, then God had delayed. The absence of Moses, to them, meant the absence of God. Seeing that Moses delayed in coming down from the mount, the children of Israel “gathered themselves” (Exodus 32:1). Similarly, church folk tend to gather themselves to murmur and complain. They make negative statements to express their anger at their leadership.

In the gathering of Israel, there was a unanimous decision to put pressure on Aaron to make gods for them to worship. It is strange that humans can manufacture an object and then claim what they have manufactured to be their deliverer (Exodus 32:4). Aaron made these gods from the golden earrings taken from the ears of women and children (Exodus 32:3). He broke God’s commandment that no idols were to be made and instead, yielded to the voice of the people. He willingly submitted to the desires of the people under pressure. The earrings that they had worn were now acclaimed as having carried them out of Egypt. Their minds were perverted. They gave glory to an idol because their leader could not stand by his convictions. When Moses finally returned from the mount, the judgement of God fell on the people and about three thousand people died (Exodus 32:28). It is sad to note that the very people who applied pressure on the leader ended up suffering severe consequences. Aaron, himself, escaped death because he turned back to the LORD (Exodus 32:26).

Pray that you’ll love the Lord and dwell in His house all the days of your life.

Recommended Reading:
“Pressure of the People” by Eastwood Anaba
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