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Exodus 32-33:23

Aaron, Aaron, Aaron, where did you go wrong? Could Aaron’s sin become our sin? Are we any less off the beaten path then Aaron? What could have been going through the “boys” mind to cause him to say something as dumb as this?

For they said to me, Make us gods which 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. I said to them, Those who have any gold, let them take it off. So they gave it to me; then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf. (Exodus 32:23-24 AMP)

Moses was Aaron’s baby brother; yet, hear again, we see the younger leading. God had given Aaron a supporting role and unlike his brother, he did not have to run away to some desert because of a crime. Yet here was the younger brother going up the mountain to meet with God, leaving him down in the valley with the murmurers and complainers. I don’t really know if what I’ve stated is true but what else could have been going on in this man’s mind to think he could just say, “I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.” Did he think everyone, including his brother, was crazy enough to believe it? Well, maybe not crazy but with what had previously happened in Egypt it could have been plausible.

It was Aaron who threw down Moses’ staff in front of Pharaoh that swallowed up the magicians’ staffs. It was his hand, not Moses’ that triggered the rest of the Plagues. That didn’t happen because of anything Aaron had within him, but it happened because God ordained it and called it into being.

THE LORD said to Moses, Behold, I make you as God to Pharaoh [to declare My will and purpose to him]; and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you, and Aaron your brother shall tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his land. (Exodus 7:1-2 AMP).

Aaron was trying to extend his run, so to speak, in the desert. He had an audience back in Egypt who were privy to see the destruction that came at the flick of his hand, or so it would seem, but his ministry of miracles was over in the desert.

We must be ever so careful not to lust after leadership position. To Aaron it was not a stretch to tell a “little” lie about the calf popping out of the fire hadn’t this kind of stuff happened in Egypt. It is so easy for us to try to stay in the limelight by operating in the flesh and calling up past actions to validate works of the flesh. Let us not become little Aarons.

Mike-This is concerning your questions about boredom. They reminded me of the former president of my college, a nun, who would say, “If something makes you bored then it is not the something or the someone who is boring, it is you.” She would go on to say, “If you were on a desert island all by yourself, could you entertain yourself?”

The first time I heard those words from that woman was over 20 years ago, and your questions brought back her words with a vengeance. If these words by this nun are correct, then we must also throw in the mix of your multiple questions on being “spiritually bored,” “What do we see or not see in ourselves that we must rely on others or things to be sufficiently entertained?”

I googled “definition of board” and of the several things that popped up:

Boredom, boring, bored: A chosen state of mind brought on by laziness and the firm belief that others are in charge of the so supposedly afflicted person's own entertainment.

This puts an entirely different spin on “spiritual boredom.”

Grace and peace,
Ramona

An intimate relationship with God

I read it some years ago about Exodus 33:12-21 from a Christian book. In these verses, Moses were expressing his spiritual intimate 'desire' to see God's glory. God was responding to Moses and showed to Moses his back for no one could see God's face to face and remain alive. Looking at this orientation, you would have an idea how intimate the relationship between God and Moses after 40 days and nights in Mount Sinai.

i like being on vacation in venice, florida and being able to plug along with oyb.

today's readings in ex 32-33 are encouraging and sobering. I want to pursue the face of God but I also want to avoid anything that evokes the wrath of God.

The on-line Bible Study is what keeps me from getting spiritually bored and helps me mature on my faith journey. I was also wondering -- what was Aaron thinking?

I agree with Janice. The on-line Bible study keeps me alive and un-bored, too. Also Janice and I write comments to each other aboout the scriptures for the day.

It is a sad fact that our society unfortunately worships ALL of the things that you have mentioned.

is working for me and study is working for me.

Great blog by the way!.

Janice
"..--what was Aaron thinking?"

I have often thought that about the whole Exodus in general.

I mean come on, the Hebrews had seen the Red Sea parted, Moses was up talking to God, later on God would be with them - leading them day aand night (By cloud and fire), and they still desire to and do disobey?

I would like to say - not me! I would not have done that, but the truth is signs and wonders never change anybody. What changes us is our relationship (belief) in God - and God institutes that change.

On our walk (Exodus) sometimes we are tempted off the path, sometimes we stumble, and sometimes we willingly run off the Christian path. We are children of God - the Greek tells us that it is pre-toddler to toddler type of child. God knows this, and He will bring us back to the path (as he does Aaron many times) through love or through chastisement. It is always easier when we recognize where we are (off the path)and confess and come back to the Father:)

Exodus 32-33:23

Aaron is also a believer and has been used by God with Moses in leading the Chosen people. However, Aaron is also flawed, but God will also be building Aaron up into the image of Christ. Aaron will become a type of Christ as "High Priest".

Here Aaron flat out lied.

Exodus22:24
"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!" NIV

This is an outrageous lie. Aaron grumbled with Mriiam and he will screw up some more - but God will bring Aaron along patiently and with mercy.

There will be consequences - Aaron like Moses will not see the "Promised Land", and the Levitical tribe will not get actual land to own in the chosen land.
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The LAW and the HOLY SPIRIT.

Exodus22:28 The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died.

Acts2:41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

I think God is so neat the way He bookends things in the Bible.

Symbolically
The Law came down from Mt. Sinai, and three thousand died. The LAW does not save it condemns.

The Holy Spirit came down at Pentecost, and three thousand believed - had eternal life. The New Covenant does not condemn it gives eternal life.

The Law Condemns, Christ gives eternal life. Amen.

Matthew 26:69-27:14

Peter and Judas

Both had sinned, each in their own way had rejected Jesus. How did each react?

Peter went outside and wept bitterly. "bitterly" - Greek - "pikros" is only used twice in the Bible. Here in Matthew and in Luke, and both describe Peter's weeping. The word has the meaning of one "wailing", sobbing heavily, it is an extreme form of crying. Peter had a heart for Jesus. Peter realized he screwed up not while he was sinning, but when he saw the face of Jesus, and his repentance was born out of a recognition of whom he sinned against.

Judas saw Jesus was condemned and he experianced remorse (regret)over the situation. Judas was not happy with the results. Perhaps he hoped the trials would spur Jesus to ake on his Kingly Messiah role and lead a revolt. Judas was not a believer. Judas did not have a heart for God, and did not repent or cry like Peter. Judas was just sad.

We will see later during the ressurection that Jesus mad a special effort to include Peter. Peter was a believer,and God had accepted Peter's repentence and Jesus provides us a lesson on being restored into fellowship with God.

I believe that if Judas had experianced heartfelt remorse and turned to God for forgiveness, then even at that point Judas would have been saved. Instead, Judas had superficial regret. The regret was in his head and not his heart. Judas died, not being saved, and faced eternal separation from God. As Jesus said earlier, 'it is better that Judas had not even been born than what Judas faces in eternity.' (paraphrase)
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Judas' Death

Some skeptics claim a contradiction in judas' death. They claim Matthew and Paul (in Acts) describe two different deaths.

I think it is explained pretty well in a short page at this link:

"There is no contradiction here at all because both are true. A contradiction occurs when one statement excludes the possibility of another. In fact, what happened here is that Judas went and hung himself and then his body later fell down and split open. In other words, the rope or branch of the tree probably broke due to the weight and his body fell down and his bowels spilled out."

http://www.carm.org/diff/Matt27_3.htm

i ca relate with our devotion for today.. i am in a point of boredom with my relationship to God.. it's the season where i don't have that great desire to grow in my journey with Him.. i vistd my Alma Mater yesterday, received some criticisms bout my work since i'm a missionary nurse and not working in a hospital yet.. at that point, i really felt down,yet i believe in my heart that this is where the Lord wants me to be. today's scripture reading has helped me get back to the eternal significance of what i'm doing. Indeed, the Lord never fails to comfort and motivate me to serve Him with all i am. the Lord is faithful! May my life bring Glory to my King all the days of my life! Godbless

i battle boredom with singing praises, reflecting and claiming God's promises in my life, saying aloud different names of my Lord (Immanuel, Prince of Peace) and claiming that He really is that in my life,. i do personal spiritual retreat, going to places i've never been before, be silent before the Lord and just listen to what He wants me to do.

Judas was just messed up. He wasn't listening to Jesus -- all he wanted was a king on earth and he saw Jesus failing to meet his needs. Still, Jesus loved Judas. All Judas needed to do was go to Jesus and tell him he had sinned, but he took the cowards way out.

As far as Moses and Aaron -- they were flawed and so are we. Thank you, God, for your mercy.

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