The Lord said to Moses, Go down, for your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves; -Exodus 32:7
It is a terrible thing when God’s anger burns hot. In this chapter we are given a picture of what that is like. He responded instantly to Israel’s blatant disregard for Him by rejecting them. He now refers to them as Moses people. Not His first-born. Not His people. He distances himself from their deliverance from bondage. Moses is now their sole deliverer from Egypt.
We sometimes forget that God has feelings. He loves unconditionally but He as limits. Make no mistake. This is not a childish behavior. Our God is slow to anger and abounding in love (Exodus 34:6). Yet He does get angry. If only for a moment. In this instance, He acted like a father who disinherits a willful, obstinate and rebellious child. He was patient with their constant complaints. Throughout the process of their delivery they doubted. They reacted to the least problems. Although, he showed that He was their protector and provider. Still he kept loving them. Their idolatry was the final act. This defilement meant he could no longer be associated with them. To enact justice He separated Himself.
God’s rejection comes with consequences. When He places a wall between himself and anyone destruction will follow. Nothing hurts him greater than idolatry. There must never be any other gods beside Him. His name is jealous. Like a jealous husband he will execute vengeance. ‘For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life’ (Romans 6:23).
These people were chosen and blessed by God. He worked great signs and wonders in their midst to establish without a reason of doubt that He is the sovereign Lord and the only God. All the gods of Egypt were defeated. Each plague was act of war against their gods (Exodus 12:12). By demonstrating His power He proved He was the Sovereign God. Not just the God of their forefathers but God of gods, Lord of Lords. Even the man-god Pharaoh was crushed as a final sign of His superiority over all gods. All this was done to win their hearts.
Yet their hearts remained stubborn. So they quickly turned away from Him to the worship of other gods. The chief god being Baal. This lead to lead to drunkenness, reveling and orgies. As is customary with the work of the flesh. These all occurred as God had turned them over to their reprobate mind.
It is very important that we do not forget what God has done for us. Meticulous efforts must be made to keep His wonderful acts present in our mind. Otherwise we too can repeat the error of Israel. During the times of the patriarchs (Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) encounters with God were marked by erecting an altar. The altar was a place of worship and remembrance. Every time visited that place they remembered the goodness of God. Our mind need cues to bring back to our memory what God has done for us. Without these memory triggers we may quickly turn away from God.
One instrument that helps us remember our encounters is a diary. A prayer journal may also be maintained. Diligently recording answered prayers and testimonials will help you never forget what was done.
The Christian walk can become dull and monotonous, if we allow it. Our God loves excitement and spontaneity. The book of Revelations often paints a very colorful picture of worship in heaven. There is excitement happening every instance. Worship is loud; filled with praise, adoration, pomp and pageantry. The angels are busy. Our homes, our places of worship should radiate this frequency of heaven. There should be joy, happiness and laughter. It’s a shame that the world provides so many things that excite us. Football matches, clubs, games, movies and other events should not provide us with more joy than being in the Presence of God. There is lots to see and do in His Presence. There is interaction with the angels, the cloud of witnesses, journey to the past and present, supernatural transportation (or Philip’s transportation as Gary Oates calls it), visits to heaven, interaction with the saints of the old testament, meetings with Jesus and so much more.
Do not depend on the leader to do everything. Go after your own experiences. Each time your have an encounter build an altar of remembrance. You see Israel made a fatal error. They depended entirely on Moses to experience God’s presence. When God came down to them. They pushed Moses forward and petitioned him to stand between them and God. That was not His hearts desire. That is not what He has for us in these last days. Jesus tore the veil of the temple in two. We may now come boldly before the throne of grace. Seek after Him with all your heart, mind, soul and body.
Get to know Him intimately. Moses was a man. He had weaknesses like any of us. He did things wrong. In his anger he killed someone. When God came to Him in a burning bush he drew near. God has come down to us. His Holy Spirit is burning within us. We must draw near to Him.
Get to know Him. Get to know His ways. To know His ways is to connect with the very heart of God. The supernatural and a sustained relationship will flow from this foundation. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
He wants to call you friend.
John 15:14-15, Amplified Bible Classic Edition
You are My friends if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do.
15 I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out). But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. [I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.]