Summary: This sermon addresses how we can lose our passion for God and how we can get it back.
Text: Exodus Chapter 32
Title: Lessons from the Golden Calf
Exodus chapter 32 tells us about one of the darkest moments in the entire history of Israel.
The people of God changed who they would worship
“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” (v1)
“Aaron…took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your god’s, O Israel, who brought you out of Egypt.” (v4)
God’s people exchange the worship of God for… the worship of an idol in the form of a golden calf?
Question: How does something like this happen?
How could people walk away from the worship of God in order to worship - a piece of metal?
Or closer to home…
Why are there days when I find time to do other things - but no time to spend with God?
Today is Superbowl Sunday!
All week we’ve been pumping ourselves up for the big game
All week we’ve been talking about the game even with- total strangers…
We’re going to get to the Superbowl party as early as possible…
We’re going to really get into the game. We’re going to shout at the tv,
We’re going to cheer for our favorite team
We can’t wait for the game to start!
Are we ever that excited about God?
Maybe you find yourself today wishing you were more excited about God
Again why are there days when I find myself not spending time with God?
What went wrong?
How did we get to that place…Jesus calls it …being lukewarm
What would we say in our defense?
When ever we find ourselves lukewarm what do we say in our defense?
I find I like to use the same defense Aaron gave to Moses.…
I just didn’t know Aaron used it first.
Here is what Aaron told Moses
I told the people…”whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off. Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.” (v24)
What was Aaron’s defense?
It was all an accident
It accidentally happened
It was a surprise to me too Moses
But isn’t that just like our human nature?
When even we are caught putting something before God
Our first response is usually – but it was an accident
I didn’t mean for it to happen…
I can’t tell you how it happened….
Was Aaron really telling the truth to Moses?
Was the worship of the golden calf all because of an accident?
“So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool.” (v4)
So it did not just accidentally happen.
Aaron took the earrings from the people and deliberately cast and fashioned them into an idol.
You don’t exchange the worship of God for the worship of something else by accident