Summary: God wants us to remove every idol from our hearts and freely worship Him of our own will.
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Pastor James May
IS THERE A GOLDEN CALF IN YOUR LIFE?
Exodus 32:1-4, "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. And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt."
It had not been long since Israel had been delivered by the power of God from the slavery of Egypt. They had been slaves in Egypt for a very long time. Generations had passed and there were none left alive who knew what real freedom to worship their God felt like. They were so bound by slavery that they didn’t even have any concept of freedom and self-government. In fact, so many of the Jews were accustomed to their condition as slaves that they didn’t even desire to be free. No matter how bad or how hard their lives were made by Pharaoh, they accepted it as though it was normal to live that way.
Does that give you an idea of why there are so many in our world today who are comfortable in their lives of sin and rebellion against God? They have never experienced the joy of salvation. They have never known a single day of real peace with God. They have never felt the freedom in their heart that only comes when the Holy Spirit is living in their heart. All they know is a life of slavery to sin.
To these people, it is “normal” to live in the filth of sin on every side. They are in the mud pits of sin and they think that this is the way that life is supposed to be. Sure, it may be the inheritance they received as the son or daughter of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents who failed God but that’s no excuse for every man must answer for himself. We cannot point a finger of blame at our ancestors for our life of sin.
James 1:14, "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed." Thus we can see that it is our own fault and no one else when we find our selves in the pits of sin covered with the filth of the world and unable to get out because of the chains that Satan has put upon us and because of the blindness of our hearts.
God delivered Israel with a mighty hand. When Moses finally led the Children of Israel out of Egypt, God had given the Jews favor and they left with not only a new found freedom but with the spoils of Egypt. The Egyptians were so glad to see them go that they gave them gold, jewels and much wealth. So much of the wealth of Egypt was taken that it was like a conquering army had come into the land of Egypt and stolen anything of value as spoils of war. In effect, these objects of wealth were the spoils of war because Pharaoh had dared to challenge God and God was found to fight against Egypt on behalf of the Jews.
I want to remind all of you who love the Lord, that you are engaged in a war as a soldier in the army of the Lord right now. You are in a spiritual battle for your very soul and for the souls of those around you who the Lord will bring before you to witness to them of His great love and salvation.