The Children of Israel Walk Among Us: Quick To Forget
And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. – Exodus 32:1 (KJV)
Alas! How quick the children of Israel were to forget the miraculous deeds of God. How quick they were to forget the parting of the Red Sea, the plagues in Egypt, and even the pillars of cloud and fire that guided them in the desert. Alas! How quick the children of Israel were to forget and sought another false idol. How quick they were to surround Aaron demanding something to worship.
In many ways I see the children of Israel in us today. We too are quick to forget the power and gifts of God, one of which is life. We are so quick to forget that we live on His grace and mercy alone (James 4:14-15).
Oh indeed, in many ways I see the children of Israel in us today. We are so quick to forget and build ourselves idols. The modern day golden calf has taken a different form however. Today, the calf is the money that corrupts, the television screen that blinds, the food that disfigures, the job that enslaves and many many more!
The Bible tells us to be on our “guard against all covetousness,” (Luke 12:15). The story of the children of Israel lives on today as a constant reminder that we are bound to sway but we all have a chance if and only if we hold fast to the Word. When others build for themselves idols, we should remember to “not lay up for [y] ourselves on earth…but for [y] ourselves treasures in heaven.”(Matthew 6:19-20)