What’s so great about idols?


Exodus 32:1-7 When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, 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.” 2 So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4 And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” 5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD.” 6 And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play. 7   And the LORD said to Moses, “Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves.

Exodus 32:1-7 a (sarcastic) meditation

  1. They don’t arrive late v1a
  2. You can carry them anywhere v1b
  3. They will not run off on you v1c
  4. You can make them whenever you like v1d
  5. gods are visible v1e
  6. Total surrender is not required, just your earrings v2
  7. They come in any shape you want v4
  8. They won’t ruin your party v6a
  9. You can sin all you want. v6b

The question for you and I is: “What are the idols that we have been forming in our lives because they are more convenient or a better fit for us?”

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