Summary: Moses stood in the gap making a difference, interceding before God for the nation of Israel... God calls us today to be Gap Standers like Moses!
Pastor Dave Martin ~ Cross Creek Community Church ~ August 12, 2007
Life of Moses part 11
Entire series with Powerpoint at www.crosscreekcc.org
Key Principles from earlier weeks…
• God specializes in using broken vessels.
• God speaks to us today by His Holy Spirit.
• The Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.
• Predicaments teach us dependence upon God.
• God gave Divine rules for human conduct.
Exodus 31:18 When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.
I. God’s People are Prone to…
Exodus 32:1 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, "Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him."
• Forget God’s Glory 32:1
o They forgot the glorious exodus, they forgot the miraculous parting of the Red Sea, they forgot the pillar of cloud & fire, they forgot the manna & quail, they forgot the Lord descending upon the mountain in blazing fire, earthquake, billowing smoke, deafening trumpet blast, they forgot the Lord, they became self-centered & sufficient, they forgot God’s Glory.
o This was 40 days after their consecration, 40 days after God’s appearance, after Moses went up
• Make unwise Decisions 32:2-4
o We see their next step in their downward slide… they began to make unwise decisions.
o Moses’ brother Aaron was in the center of it all (remember back when God just wanted Moses)
o V4… Aaron took the gold, he made, he cast an idol, he shaped a calf, he fashioned it with tools
• Indulge themselves in sin 32:5-6,19,25
o After Aaron built the golden calf, he also built an altar in front of the calf… lets party tomorrow!
o People were ready to celebrate… they rose early & sacrificed burnt offering to the Lord…
o Then they ate & drank and got up to indulge in revelry… “sahaq” suggests immorality.
o Immorality often accompanies idolatry… God gives them over to a reprobate mind…
o Vs 19,25…singing, dancing, unrestrained (v25 running wild is “pawrah” means: naked, uncover, expose, to bare) they became a laughingstock, a bad testimony to people around them.
Same Today They suppressed the TRUTH, Their thinking became DEPRAVED, They INDULGED in wickedness…
Romans 1:18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, Romans 1:21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:22-23 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Romans 1:28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. Romans 1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.