“This is the same Moses whom they rejected when they asked, ‘Who appointed you as our leader and judge?’ This is the Moses whom God sent as leader and deliverer. God did this with the help of the angel who appeared before him in the bush. This man led them out after he performed wonders and signs in Egypt at the Red Sea and for forty years in the wilderness. This is the Moses who told the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your own people.’ This is the one who was in the assembly in the wilderness with our ancestors and with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai. He is the one who received life-giving words to give to us. He’s also the one whom our ancestors refused to obey. Instead, they pushed him aside and, in their thoughts and desires, returned to Egypt. They told Aaron, ‘Make us gods that will lead us. As for this Moses who led us out of Egypt, we don’t know what’s happened to him!’ That’s when they made an idol in the shape of a calf, offered a sacrifice to it, and began to celebrate what they had made with their own hands. So God turned away from them and handed them over to worship the stars in the sky, just as it is written in the scroll of the Prophets: Did you bring sacrifices and offerings to me for forty years in the wilderness, house of Israel? (Acts 7:35-42, CEB)
I know the calf is an idol and the people should not have made it, but really how did they make it?
They melted down gold that they had taken from Egypt. But they are in the middle of the desert and they are forming a calf out of gold. This is a huge undertaking of engineering. And we just look over it because it was wrong. They shouldn’t have down it, but seriously.
Moses was God’s chosen leader and the people didn’t want to follow him. Or they didn’t like where he led them.
We are all like this. We don’t want to go where God is leading because we think our way is better.
We need to let go and follow where we are led and know that God’s way is far better than ours ever could be.
Loving People. Loving God.