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Impatient Idolatry (Ex. 32)

 

Even though the people had gotten out of Egypt, Egypt hadn’t gotten out of the people. Growing impatient with God’s timing, the people used a gift from God as an idol for God.

CONTEXT

  • After Joseph died, the size of Israel caused another Pharaoh to feel threatened so much that he decided to enslave them.
  • Through God’s power, Moses led the Israelites through an exodus, and God’s renown began to spread throughout the region.
  • God didn’t prescribe commandments until after he had provided deliverance.

CONTENT

  • Even though the people had gotten out of Egypt, Egypt hadn’t gotten out of the people.
  • Growing impatient with God’s timing, the people turned to worshiping the gift instead of the Giver.
  • The people didn’t sin by creating a replacement for God but a representation of God.
  • Instead of God’s wrath coming against the people, the intercessor pleaded with God to take him in their place.

CONCEPT

  • When we don’t get what we want when we want it, we often take matters into our own sinful hands.
  • Our impatient idolatry tends to give glory to anyone or anything for what God has clearly done himself.
  • When confronted with sin, no amount of justification will ever remove our guilt.
  • Our only hope for our idolatrous rebellion is if Jesus takes our place.

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