I loved the story our pastor told of his 4-year-old granddaughter. During a recent sleepover with her cousins, she got “the honor” of sleeping on the air mattress. Shortly after bedtime, she went and got her mom. Upon entering the kids’ bedroom, it was readily apparent that the air mattress had deflated. When asked what happened, the little girl (holding a pair of scissors in her hands) said that she didn’t know, but thought it had somehow accidentally popped!
That story came to mind as I read about Moses going up Mt. Sinai to receive the 10 commandments. While the Lord was telling Moses that His people should not fashion and worship other gods, those very people were at the foot of the mountain making a calf of gold. More specifically, Moses’ brother, Aaron, personally made the calf (Exodus 32:4).
However, when Moses descended the mountain and confronted Aaron about the idol, listen to Aaron’s response…“Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil. They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will go before us…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!” (32:22-24)
“Don’t be angry with me, Moses; these people drove me to it. Besides, all I did was throw some gold into the fire and ‘POOF,’ out popped a calf.’” It’s kind of cute when a 4 year-old gets caught holding the scissors next to a skewered air mattress. It’s disastrous when we’re old enough to know better, yet refuse to take responsibility for our actions.
How much better to confess our sins, seek forgiveness, make restitution as necessary, then move on. –Dave
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