Summary: Pentecost 17(C) - God’s promises do not change. (Israel worships the golden calf.) Just as God’s anger burns against sin even more so God’s love provides forgiveness.

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October 1, 2006 - PENTECOST 17 - Exodus 32:7-14

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Dearest Fellow-Redeemed and Saints in the Lord:

Change, change – everywhere changes. All of us are constantly and consistently facing change. How much our world has changed in the last century. There have been drastic and dramatic changes in every generation and every decade of our lives. At times all these changes seem almost too much to handle. It can be discomforting seeing so many things changing so often, so fast and so much. Thus we gather around God’s word today to find the constant that we need in our lives. God does not change. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In the midst of change our God remains the same in our ever-changing society and lives. This is true because God’s word does not change. Just as God’s word does not change so God’s promises do not change. Listen to the words of God through his prophet Moses. "God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?"(NUMBERS 23:19). Truly God speaks and then acts, promises and fulfills. Today we are going to study our sure foundation. God’s promises stand as unchanging rock of our salvation.


I. God’s anger burns against sin,

II. God’s love provides forgiveness.


We want to consider the setting for our text this morning. Moses is on Mount Sinai with the Lord. The Lord is giving Moses the commands he wants his people to follow. Fact is, the Lord even writes his commandments on tablets of stone as a permanent record for God’s people. Moses has been communing on Mt. Sinai with the Lord for 40 (forty) days. This is only a bit more than a month. Of course, a lot can change in 40 days. The Lord is about to enlighten Moses about the changes that have taken place among the Israelites since he come to the mountaintop.

In verse 7: Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. Notice the subtle word changes the Lord uses to reveal his anger. The Lord calls the nation of Israel your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt as he speaks to Moses. The disobedience and sin of Israel have separated them from the love of God. The Lord wants nothing to do with these idolaters. The Lord calls them Moses’ people, the people Moses’ delivered.

The Lord now explains to Moses the reason for his anger. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. The Lord in his mercy and love did not change. The people of God had now changed their love for God to a golden calf. Aaron, Moses’ brother, who was left in charge, gathered the gold that the people had brought out of Egypt. It was melted down and then fashioned into a golden calf. The calf – bull idol was a common idol in Egypt. Israel had seen the Egyptians worship these false gods for the 40 generations that they lived in Egypt as slaves.

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