Scripture: Exodus 30-32. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
In Exodus, Chapter 30, God continues to give detailed instructions to Moses about the tabernacle the Israelites were to build to worship Him. God told them to build an alter of acacia wood for burning incense and describes the details of the Atonement Money, Basin for Washing, Anointing Oil, and the Incense. God explains why He wants the Israelites to observe the Sabbaths. When the Israelites saw that Moses was gone so long in coming down from the mountain, they began to wonder what had happened to him. They had Aaron make a golden calf, and they worshiped this false god. God was ready to destroy the whole nation because they disobeyed God’s command not to worship false idols, but Moses pleaded for mercy, and God spared their lives. Moses was overwhelmed by the idolatry, and he broke the tablets containing the Ten Commandments from God.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The Sabbath was meant to serve two purposes: It was a time to rest and also a time to remember what God had done. We also need rest. Without rest from the busyness, life loses its meaning. We need to make sure that on our day of rest, we get refreshed and remember all that God already has done and does for us. The Israelites were idolizing the golden calf. God warns us to stay away from elevating anyone or anything above Him, so we must be careful to stay away from false gods in our lives. Even if we do not make idols, we, as sinners, are sometimes guilty of attempting to make God in our image and molding Him to fit our expectations, wants and desires. Instead of worshiping the God who created us, we end up worshiping ourselves. Our God is a very forgiving God. He is always willing to forgive each and every one of us. Moses grew very angry by the actual sight of the idolatry and broke the tablets containing the Ten Commandments from God. We should be careful not to do anything that we will regret later when we are struggling with anger. Instead, we can ask for God’s help when we feel overwhelmed by anger or other emotions.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, please help us to slow down in the busyness of life and to reflect on everything that You do for us. Please forgive us for our sins, and help us to forgive others. We know that You are a forgiving God, and we thank You for loving us in the midst of our failures. Help us to stay away from false gods in our lives, for we know that nothing in life is more important to us than You. Please help us to be slow to anger and to ask for Your help when we are overwhelmed with emotions. Thank You for this beautiful day. Please protect us and all of our friends and families as we go about our day. We pray for those who are struggling and really need you today. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.