November 10 – Exodus 32:21-24

November 10 – Exodus 32:21-24

21 And Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you that you have brought such a great sin upon them?” 22 And Aaron said, “Let not the anger of my lord burn hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil. 23 For they said to me, ‘Make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ 24 So I said to them, ‘Let any who have gold take it off.’ So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.”

Having been an educator for almost 50 years, this reminds me of the “Who me syndrome?”  Children will often look around bewildered when caught in the act of disobedience.  Aaron did the same by placing blame on the people.  Today’s society is quick to place blame on others rather than taking responsibility for selfish acts.   It amazes me that Aaron, who had been with Moses through so much and was to become the High Priest, would think Moses would believe that he threw the gold into the fire and this calf came out of that fire.  How often do you try to get God to believe something that no one with half a brain would begin to believe? Do you ever find yourself blaming others for your disobedience or making excuses rather than seeking forgiveness?  Ask God to help you become more obedient.  When you do slip or fall, be quick to ask for forgiveness and seek God’s face.  Thank You Lord for your unfailing love and forgiveness.    

Heavenly Father, how broken we are, but how perfect, holy, gracious and merciful You are.  I read these verses and part of me wants to laugh at how ridiculous Aaron was to even try to say he had no part in the gold calf coming out of the fire, but the truth of it is so very sad. We have all told ridiculous lies that we expect to be believed, but it is the enemy that convinces us that our lies are okay.  What a foolish people we are to believe the enemy, but throughout history he has fooled us.  We know he is there trying to trip us up, we see it in Your word and even know the many ways he tries to trap us, yet we continue to fall into the same trap over and over again.  Thank You for giving us hope through Jesus, the Messiah, Savior, and King of kings.  You had a plan from before time began because You are timeless and knew we couldn’t be obedient on our own.  Thank You Father for loving us so much You gave us a way to You.  Thank You for the sacrifice You made so we had a chance.  Thank You for loving us more than we can fathom.

In Jesus’ name.



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