Wednesday, June 16, 2010

IDOL Dancing

When Moses was delayed on the mountain top, receiving instructions from God, those below became wearisome waiting for his return.

They assembled around Aaron, who had been put in charge, and wailed their dissatisfaction and fretting - thinking that maybe Moses, whose name they had even forgotten, was dead or never coming back.

Since Aaron had come from a land where the norm was worshipping many pagan Egyptian gods, he did the only thing he knew to do to quiet and appease the people. He agreed to the people's demand and constructed a Golden Calf for them, to have as their god to worship.

"Tear off the gold rings in your ears [and noses] and being to me all your gold, to be fashioned into a molten calf." When the idol was complete he stated, "This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt."

Now we all know that this man-made idol didn't do such a thing, but when people are confused and misguided a golden calf will have to do. It's better than nothing!

They proceeded to party around the golden calf and got so hot from dancing, and whooping it up, they took off their clothes and made themselves quite unsightly.

God told Moses to return to them, for they had "corrupted" themselves, turning from the real God and had reverted back to worshipping and giving sacrifices to pagan gods. Unchanging Sin-Filled Nature.

When Moses met up with Joshua on the way down the mountain, Joshua heard what sounded like "war" to him at first, as they were arriving near the camp. Then they realized it was just a lot of hoopla and singing!

Moses got so angry at the sight of debauchery he threw down the 2 tablets, with the Ten Commandments (God had written with his own finger), shattering them at the foot of the mountain.

That probably symbolized mankind's breaking of the 10 Commandments in more ways than one!

Moses then took the calf made of gold and had it burned, ground into powder, scattered it over the surface of the water and made the sons of Israel drink it. [That's a study all in and of it self!]

When Moses questioned Aaron, Aaron again did what he only knew to do, he pointed his finger away from himself stating, "Do not let your anger burn against me, you know the people yourself and how they are prone to evil." Now that reaction goes back to the Garden of Eden, when the LORD confronted Adam for disobeying; who points to his wife Eve (that God had given him), who in turn points to the Serpent, who deceived her!

Now if you look at the above picture again and consider this event in history, you'll see the comparison. At least these people are dressed, at this particular time - what about later in the streets during the parties!

How did Moses handle this? He saw that the people were out of control, that Aaron had allowed "derision" (contemptuous ridicule or mockery) to have hold of the people's perspective of reality. So Moses did what he knew right to do, he gave them a choice: Life or death.

He stood at the gate of the camp and stated, "Who ever is for the LORD, come to me."

There comes a time in everyone's life when you join one group or another, even if it's you own. Either we dance around the golden calf knowingly or ignorantly. But, when God asks us to come, we either choose to come or not and reap the rewards or consequences.

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