BROKEN COMMANDMENTS STUDY ON BROKEN COMMANDMENTS
STORY WITH BROKEN COMMANDMENTS MESSAGE
We're back once again, and glad to
have you with us at Daily Bread! Today's story has many different messages
and lessons in it. It's about sin and patience and pride and repentance and
anger and sorrow and disappointment and the list goes on.
If you will recall, Moses has now been
up in mount Sinai communing with the Lord for forty days and forty nights.
He's received the commandments that God has written on two tablets of stone
for His people as well as the plans for His sanctuary the tabernacle, and
all that goes in it. The Lord told Moses His laws for Israel, for how He
expects His holy people to live.
Meanwhile back at the homestead, the
children of Israel grew impatient of waiting for Moses. They so easily
forgot their own words that they said just a few short weeks before ... "All
that the Lord says, we will do" ... They all got together and went to Aaron
and said, We don't know what's become of this Moses fellow that brought us
out of the land of Egypt. Get up and make us gods to lead us.
I am the LORD thy God, which have
brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou
shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make
unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven
above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the
earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the
LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And
shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
BROKEN COMMANDMENTS LESSON WITH BROKEN COMMANDMENTS EXPLANATION AND
BROKEN COMMANDMENTS SUMMARY
At this point we must assume a bit. We
know Aaron was a God fearing man and brother to Moses so he must have feared
the people would put him to death to say what he did next ... And Aaron said
to them, Get the golden earrings of your wives and sons and daughters and
bring them to me. And Aaron melted them and formed the gold into a calf
with a chisel. And the people said, O Israel, this is NOW your god that
brought you up out of the land of Egypt. (This golden cow was the god that
brought them up out of the land of Egypt? Is that unusual or what?) Aaron
built an altar in front of it and announced, Tomorrow is a feast to the
Lord. The next morning, they woke early and offered burnt offerings and
peace offerings and the people ate and drank and celebrated.
Meanwhile back up on the mountain ...
The Lord said to Moses, Go down from the mountain. Your people that you
brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. They've gone
astray quickly from the way I commanded them and they've made a molten calf
and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it. And the Lord told Moses, I've
seen these people, they're stubborn. Now, let me be alone so my anger may
become hot against them and so I can destroy them and I will make of you a
Moses asked, Lord why are you so angry
with your people that you freed from Egypt with the great power and might of
your hand. Why should the Egyptians say, Their God brought them out to harm
them, to kill them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the
earth? Please change your mind. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your
servants who you promised saying, I will multiply your seed as the stars of
heaven and all this land that I've spoken of, I'll give to your descendants
and they will inherit it forever. And the Lord changed his mind about the
evil that He thought about bringing on His people.
BROKEN COMMANDMENTS INFORMATION WITH BROKEN COMMANDMENTS MEANING
AND BROKEN COMMANDMENTS DISCUSSION
Moses went down from the mountain and
the two stone tablets of the testimony, written on both their sides with the
writing of God, were in his hands. Moses met Joshua on his way down the
mountain and Joshua heard the noise of the people and said to Moses, There's
a sound of war in the camp. It's not the sound of people cheering for their
leader or a cry of being conquered, but it sounds like singing.
When Moses neared the camp, he saw the
calf and the dancing, and his anger became fierce. He threw the tablets out
of his hands and broke them at the bottom of the mountain. He took the calf
that they made and burned it in the fire, ground it into powder and spread
it on the water. Then he made them drink it.
Moses asked Aaron, What did these
people do to you that made you bring such a great sin on them? Aaron told
Moses what the people said to him and that he gathered their gold and threw
it in the fire, and out came this calf.
Moses stood at the entrance of the
camp and said, Whoever is on the Lord's side, come over to me. All the sons
of Levi went to Moses. And he said to them, The Lord God of Israel says,
Each man take his sword by his side and go in and out from gate to gate
throughout the camp and each of you kill your brother your companion and
your neighbor. They did as Moses said and about 3,000 people were killed
next day, Moses said to the people, You have sinned greatly. Now I'll go up
to the Lord and maybe I can make amends for you. So Moses returned to the
Lord and said, Oh, these people have sinned a great sin, and they made
themselves gods out of gold.
if thou wilt forgive their sin and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy
book which thou hast written.
Lord said, Whoever has sinned against me, that is who I will blot out of my
book. So go now and lead the people to the place I told you about and my
Angel will guide you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit, they will pay
for their sin. And the Lord plagued the people because they made the calf
that Aaron made.
Before the Ten Commandments even came down from the mountain, they were
already broken commandments. This time Moses couldn't lift up his staff or toss a
tree in the water to make things all better, but he did ask the Lord not to
utterly destroy the children of Israel and the Lord did change His mind
about that. When we come back next time we'll continue to follow Moses
and the children of Israel as they continue their journey to the the
Promised Land and find out what kind of situation will arise next. Be
sure and join us again at Daily Bread.
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