Thoughts on Exodus

This morning I finally finished the book of Exodus…

A few thoughts:

– The account of the strong arm of God leading his people out of slavery with the destination of the promised land is, of course, so foundational to the “His-story” of God’s people. It is so foundational to our spiritual “exodus” from slavery of sin to the freedom of Jesus Christ and the destination of Heaven. Whe you read the scripture it just astounds you no end how it is so much like a puzzle which, put together, gives us the whole picture of salvation. And to think the puzzle of scripture is drawn out and colored by over 40 authors (really only One, of course) and more than 1000 years! No other “scripture” of any religion even faintly resembles the Bible in these respects.

– How important and foundational to our whole society, let alone the Christian church, is Exodus? Say: “Ten Commandments” and you have the answer! WOW! Imagine the world without the 10 Commandments!

– The FUNNIEST passage in Exodus? Try to read THIS famous account of the making of the golden calf while Moses was on Mt Siani receiving the 10 Commandments – and not laugh!

Ex. 32:1    When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”

Ex. 32:2    Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

……… [and Moses came down off the mountain and speaks with a groveling Aaron]……..

Ex. 32:19    When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. 20 And he took the calf they had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.

Ex. 32:21    He said to Aaron, “What did these people do to you, that you led them into such great sin?”

Ex. 32:22    “Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil. 23 They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’ 24 So I told them, ‘Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off.’ Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!”

In the translation I was reading from it said “and out lept a calf!” As if he didn’t have anything to do with it! I am still howling! Oh, how we are ALL like that, are we not? THANK GOD we have a Savior and his name is Jesus!

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