January 31, 2013

Today’s Reading: Exodus 32, 33, 34:1-16, 34:27-35

Highlights (actually low lights) of Today’s Reading:  While Moses is on Mount Sinai the children of Israel turn to idolatry. Moses breaks the original tablets and God punishes their disobedience. Moses returns to the Mountain and a new set of laws is made. An interesting fact of this story is how Moses’ face would shine as a result of being in the presence of God.

It is surprising how soon they lost respect for God’s laws. It is especially disappointing to see Aaron’s complicity in the sin and  his pitiful lie about the gold calf coming out of the fire. The nature of their “worship” suggests some type of immorality (32:6).

In spite of all that God had done they still struggled with their loyalty to God. How were they punished for this sin? How do you account for the fact that Aaron was not punished?


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8 Responses to January 31, 2013

  1. Sandy Steinman

    Put in the perspective of the way we respond to God’s delays it is probably not all that surprising how quickly they lost respect for God’s laws. Moses was gone for 40 days and I’m sure that seemed like a long time to the people even though I am equally sure that it seemed like a short time to Moses and is nothing in God’s time. The way we respond to God’s delays speaks volumes about our spiritual maturity. The real surprise to me was the Aaron responded and how easily he was led astray by the people. There is no question that God would have struck him dead if Moses had not intervened. We see that in Deut. 9:20 which reads “And the LORD was very angry with Aaron and would have destroyed him; so I prayed for Aaron also at the same time. “

  2. angela

    He was not punished then but in the end he doesn’t go into the promised land.

  3. Mary K

    3,000 were executed by the Levites, the people were struck with a plague (prior to this sin God had protected them from disease [Ex 15:25, 26]), and worst of all, he leaves their presence.

    I don’t know why Aaron was not punished then. In later Old Testament stories, leaders seemed to be held at a higher level of accountability.

  4. Jimmy

    Ive always thought it so ironic that on this day when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Law 3000 people were killed, and that in Acts 2, when the gospel was preached for the 1st time – 3000 were saved.

    In Romans 8:2 Paul calls one “the law of sin and death’ and the other the law of the Spirit of life. Certainly the beginning of each lived up to their names.

  5. Andrew

    I find it interesting that Moses pleaded with God for mercy. He then went down and saw what the people were doing and commanded the Levites to kill 3000 of them. I wonder if Moses would have reacted differently had he seen what they were doing at the time God said He would destroy them.

    I also liked reading about the tent of meeting. It said that Moses would meet God face to face and talk to Him like a friend. That must have been awesome.

    It said Moses’ face was radiant after talking with God. He wore a veil to hide his face except when talking to God. Does that mean that Moses wore the veil at all other times? For the rest of his life? It’s not important either way I guess. I was just wondering.

    • Jimmy Haynes

      I dont know that I could prove this but I always thought of it as something that would fade in time. The “glow” would diminish the longer he was away from the presence of God. Frankly, I believe the text is a little difficult to understand exactly what happened.

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