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May 20, 2019, DAY 143 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: Exodus 29-32

May 20, 2019

30The next day Moses said to the people, “You have committed a great sin. But now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.”
31So Moses went back to the Lord and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. 32But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”
33The Lord replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book. 34Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.”  35And the Lord struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.  
(Exodus 32:30-35, NIV)

The Journey Beyond False Idols

  You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them… (Exodus 20:4-5a, ESV)

“As Moses was receiving the 10 Commandments from the Lord, the Israelites were actively engaging in idolatry by worshipping a golden calf that they had made by melting the gold they brought out of Egypt. Not all those in the desert had also, at this time, cast off the worship of the Egyptian gods.” “But professor, come on, Christians aren’t worshipping false gods today. If they are, they are part of another religion.” The class broke out in laughter at the humor. “No one is worshipping the Egyptian gods, Roman, Greek, Norse or whoever gods and proclaiming to be a Christian.” “So you believe that Christians have this commandment beat? That they don’t need to worry about it because it doesn’t happen any more today?” the professor countered. “Well, yeah,” the student answered sounding sure of himself. “Anyone disagree?” asked the professor. One student shyly spoke up from the front row. “What about celebrity culture? Isn’t that a form of worship?” she asked gaining confidence. “People buy products recommended by celebrities. They will vote a certain way because a celebrity tells them too. A lot of people follow along with celebrities regarding how they should act or think about a subject. They will arrange their plans around their favorite show, movie, or a special performance. And what about Christian symbols - a crucifix, a cross, preachers, saints, or even the Pope? Couldn’t some people, perhaps mistakenly, be worshipping these symbols and people?”

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