“1 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, ‘Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” (Exodus 32:1)
The issue in the heart of men is not worship; for we know how to worship; as a matter of fact, we were created to worship. There is something in the inside of us that cries out to reverence something far greater than us. In this verse, we see the children of Israel expressing that desire. Their leader, Moses, is now up in the mountain in a deep conversation with God as God is releasing a new way of life totally foreign to the known world. Not knowing what was going to happen next; in the middle of a desert and facing the un-known, they asked Aaron, the priest and brother of Moses, to make them gods that they can follow.
The people did not have a relationship with God; Moses did. Today, many people, even in the church, have yet to develop a relationship with God and sad enough, at times, not even the pastor has truly developed a relationship with the Lord. People still place the pastor as the Moses that can go before God on their behalf. The children of Israel’s disconnection with God did not take away their deep desire to worship, but there is a problem, their worship was placed away from God. So Aaron made them a cow made out of gold and they put on a party around it. That was not a good idea; thousands of people died as the result of making this idol. That is the problem with idols; they will always lead to death!
What do you worship? What do you celebrate? You are, without a doubt, worshipping something…is it the Lord?