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HOW QUICKLY WE FORGET

Exodus 32:1-5

 

When the people saw that Moses took so long in coming down 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”.  Aaron answered them, “take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and daughters are wearing, and bring them to me”.  So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 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 said “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt”.

 

When I read this I think, are these people for real? Have they so quickly forgotten all that God has done for them? Have they forgotten all the miraculous things God has shown them? The plagues? Divided the sea? Provided the manna and quail? And many more? And yet they still turn their backs on God and worship idols and say these are our gods that brought us out of Egypt.

 

It blows my mind to read this and then I think, we as people do the exact same thing is they did. Don’t we? We have God’s word and yet still forget at times all they got He has done. We work to purchase things, homes, cars, build large bank accounts and put them on a pedestal or the top of our list and pretty much worship them. They become our main focus, everything to us.

 

God was so angry.  He wanted to destroy all his people but had mercy on them and let the ones that were for the Lord live. I thank God for sending His son Jesus, to pay the price for all our sins, so that we will be forgiven and not have to pay the price for our sinfull ways.

 

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A CONTINUING MEMORIAL BEFORE THE LORD

In Exodus 28, we find specific instructions on how the priestly garments were to be made. Verse 9 says, “Take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel in the order of their birth - six names on one stone and the remaining six on the other”.  Verse 12 gives us the reason why, “as a memorial before the Lord”.  Verse 29 continues the thought using the phrase, “as a continuing memorial before the Lord”

Vine's Expository Dictionary defines memorial as that which keeps alive the memory of someone or something. Every May we celebrate Memorial Day, remembering those who have given their lives for the freedom of our country.  We take flowers to the cemetery to remember the lives of our loved ones who have gone before us.  I am writing our memoirs so our kids and grandkids will remember the things that God has done for us.

In the same way, God wanted His chosen people to remember the many things He had done for them. The symbolism and detail given in the Passover celebration, the building of the Tabernacle, and in today's passage, the instructions for making the priestly garments were important reminders of God's provision. 

 

He also wants us to remember what He has done for us. In I Corinthians 11:24-25, He instructs us to “do this in remembrance of me” speaking of communion, when we partake of the elements, remembering Christ's body sacrificed and His blood shed for our salvation.  It is easy to forget and we need to be regularly reminded.  Let's always be thankful for God's gracious provision.

 

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