Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!”
5 So when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord.” 6 Then they rose early on the next day, offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
Why Israelite’s made a ‘god of flesh’ (golden calf) in the wilderness?
- A false sense of supernatural power to comfort them to lead them and to deliver them from the enemy.
Since they witnessed the power of God, they wanted the same manifestation through this new god of flesh because Moses was delayed and no reply from God to anyone in the camp. The silence and boredom of not doing anything in the wilderness was not tolerable to many people so they went with a new god. Always waiting on the Lord is very difficult and we tend to take whatever is in our disposal like how they gave their gold and ornaments to form an idol and try to resolve or mitigate the issue. When we do this, then a god of flesh is formed in our midst without our knowledge. Once it is formed, then we want supernatural intervention from GOD through this new god of flesh to our problem or for our direction. Because of this idolatry, our spiritual life is going towards death and not towards faith and life. So let us be patient for God’s timings and receive the blessing through Him only even though the wait is painful, lonely and uneventful.
- They wanted a reason to celebrate.
If you notice a modern day kid, he would like to do something new every day to keep him occupied. He was bored with what he had played with yesterday. Likewise the Israelite’s were bored in the wilderness. They are stagnant in one place, no city nothing out there for entertainment, no leadership and no path forward. So in order to break free from this stagnation they wanted a god to lead them and to celebrate and make themselves entertained. Did we create baby Jesus as ‘god of flesh’ because we wanted to celebrate like other religions or we celebrate the birth of Christ because of who He is and why He came to earth? Our celebration will reveal our motive and we will be the judge of our celebration.
Lets celebrate with pure and undefiled motive removing any gods of flesh in our midst and look for our Lord Jesus Christ’s second coming.