And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. Exodus 32:9-10
As we continue to look at The Golden Calf, we see Gods anger against the Israelites is Hot! God hates Idolatry! So what is Idolatry? Anything you make or put ahead of God, in this case the Israelites decided they were going to make a Golden Calf their God to worship.
Thats why God told Moses, go down and take care of your people! After everything God has done for the Israelites, freed them from slavery, perfomed miracles in the Wilderness, they forgot about Him after a few days.
And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. Exodus 32:11-12
God is asking “Why did he save these people when they are not going to listen to him anyways”? That is my own paraphrase of course, however the same can be said about Christians. Why did Jesus save us, when you wont obey his voice? Faith is about obedience!
Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people. Exodus 32:13-14
Notice God had mercy on His people, just as God has mercy on us. Some will ask “How can a good God send people to Hell?” The reality is we all deserve Hell , we are all rebellious and disobedient to God, however because of Gods mercy he choose to save us! God doesnt send anyone to Hell, we choose Hell over God
And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it. Exodus 32:19-20
Moses came down from the mountain and he was hot with anger also. He destroyed the Golden Calf and forced the Israelites to drink the ashes of the idol in water. This is what we need to do also, we need to destroy the Idols in our lives that are ruining our relationship with God
Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour. Exodus 32:26-27
Then Moses made a proclamation “Whoever is for The Lord, take your side” Notice there was a separation between those who are worshipping Yahweh and those who worship false idols. Then the Israelites for God , killed those who rejected him. Sounds harsh, but this is reality, without God your condemned.
Remove the idols from your life! Our God is a jealous God and he wants a committed relationship with You, which only can be possible through the Lord Jesus Christ Amen!