1 When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” 2 So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4 And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” 5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord.” 6 And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.
Exodus 32:1-6 ESV
I. The Inner Root of Idolatry in Israel
A. Israel’s sin of idolatry was a sin of the heart which makes it relevant to learn from even into today. (Acts 7:39-41, 1 Corinthians 10:6-14)
II. The Ignorance and Inescapability of Idolatry in America
A. We tend to dismiss the issue of idolatry in America or we deny that it is harmful because we have a poor definition of idolatry.
B. An idol is anything we try to replace God with by placing it in God’s place.
C. An idol doesn’t have to be a bad thing but can be a good thing used in an evil way.
III. The Instances and Illustrations of Idolatry in Exodus 32
A. We sin and fall into idolatry when we disobey God’s Word.
B. We sin and fall into idolatry when we disregard God’s Word.
C. We sin and fall into idolatry when we distort God’s Word.
D. We sin and fall into idolatry when we decide not to wait on God to fulfill His Word in His own time.
IV. Next Steps
- You need to know your Egypt so you can battle it when you are tempted to turn back to it.
- You become like what you behold. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
The Golden Calf Part 2 Exodus 32