I remember as a young youth pastor, we went to a live concert where a man
named Keith Green was giving a free proformance. As he walked on the
stage, all that was on the stage was his pianio. His first song he sung
was called "so you wanna go back to Egypt". That title stuck in my mind,
as never before. Many years have past,Keith Green was killed in a plane
crash as he was going to give another free concert. I dedicated this
sermon to him, as he would have enjoyed it, I'm sure.
So you wanna go back to Egypt
There are four things that I would like to point out, that I think
effected the Hebrews while Moses was off up on the mountain, having God
give him the law.
1- they were unfaithful, I think they lost their faith in Moses, notice
how they use the term "this man". They had lost respect for him. An
example wold be as I've heard people refer to their parents as "my old
man, or my old lady", that my friend is not respecting your parents. So in
turn the Hebrews were now calling Moses this man.
The Hebrews, somehow were forgetting who had brought them out of Egypt.
They were forgetting all the plagues that Moses had issued upon the
Egyptians, how God had used Moses for his purpose. They were unfaithful to
Moses, and he was not even gone fourty days.
2- They were uncertain, the Hebrews were unclear, unsure of where Moses
was. They didn't want to wait any longer. They had seen enough to start
making up their own mind on how to do things. Another example would be,
how many times has someone prayed and seeked Gods movement.If God didn't
answer as quick as they wanted,or thought was enough time. Those people
just started acting upon themself, and started on without God. I think the
Hebrew's were uncertain as to what to do, so they just started doing
things their way.
So here the Hebrew men, and women were uncertain as to what to do, so
they gather around, and start coming up with their own idea's.
If anything, when we are uncertain, we need to get on our knees and go
before God, and let him help us understand his will and purpose, not ours.
3- They were unaware, the hebrew's were unaware of what they were
doing.I think they were unaware of just how they were becoming as their
past owners, the Egyptians!. The very ones that had them in bondage for
thousands of years.
I also think they were unaware or caught off guard, by their lack of
faith, and how God had brought them out of Egypt.
Notice also , that they took from themselves to bring forth their own
god. The Hebrews didn't go out and gather up material to make this golden
image. They took all that was needed to make it, from themselves. They
were unaware of what they were doing.
They were also unaware of Gods greatness. I really think they thought God
did not even know what was going to happen.
4- They were unhappy. The Hebrews were depressed, sad, and didn't care
much to be left along in the wilderness. They were thinking they should be
in a better place than this.
I've noticed when people get unhappy, they want to find as many people
that are unhappy too. They all want to sit around and have a pity party.