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Impatient Idolatry

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Impatient Idolatry (Ex. 32)

Even though the people had gotten out of Egypt, Egypt hadn’t gotten out of the people. Growing impatient with God’s timing, the people used a gift from God as an idol for God.

This passage focuses on the Israelites’ formation of the golden calf and God’s judgment of their actions.


  • After Joseph died, the size of Israel caused another Pharaoh to feel threatened so much that he decided to enslave them.
  • Through God’s power, Moses led the Israelites through an exodus, and God’s renown began to spread throughout the region.
  • God didn’t prescribe commandments until after he had provided deliverance.


  • Even though the people had gotten out of Egypt, Egypt hadn’t gotten out of the people.
  • Growing impatient with God’s timing, the people turned to worshiping the gift instead of the Giver.
  • The people didn’t sin by creating a replacement for God but a representation of God.
  • Instead of God’s wrath coming against the people, the intercessor pleaded with God to take him in their place.


  • When we don’t get what we want when we want it, we often take matters into our own sinful hands.
  • Our impatient idolatry tends to give glory to anyone or anything for what God has clearly done himself.
  • When confronted with sin, no amount of justification will ever remove our guilt.
  • Our only hope for our idolatrous rebellion is if Jesus takes our place.

The Pharaohs of This World Are No Match for the Great I AM

God is God alone.  He demonstrates his glory by comforting his people and confronting those who oppose him.

When Moses confronts Pharaoh, this ruler believes he is more powerful than the great I AM.  He pridefully states he doesn’t know who this God is.  He is about to find out.

Here are some notes:

  1. Pharaoh is about to get a front-row seat to know who the LORD is (Ex. 5:2).
  2. The goal is for people to know the LORD – Israel (Ex. 6:7), Egypt (Ex. 7:5). witnesses (Ex. 18:11; Josh. 2:8-11; Judg. 2:2-11; 1 Sam. 4:7-8; 6:6), and subsequent readers (Ps. 105; Isa. 63:7-14).
  3. Moses’ obedience made the circumstances worse.
  4. When God expects immediate obedience, we should not expect immediate prosperity.  God works on a different timetable.
  5. Moses was not fearful of the visible one but the Invisible One (Heb. 11:27).
  6. Moses had a crisis of belief but took it to the proper person (Ex. 5:22).
  7. God’s promise to Moses reveals a coming liberation (Ex. 6:6; cf. Gal. 1:14), redemption (Ex. 6:6; cf. Gal. 4:4-7), adoption (Ex. 6:7; cf. Rom. 9:4; 1 John 3:1), and inheritance (Ex. 6:8; cf. 1 Pet. 1:4; Matt. 5:5).
  8. Knowledge of our inheritance helps us endure hardships.
  9. The goal of the plagues was for the Egyptians to know the LORD (Ex. 7:17).
  10. The Nile river was the lifeblood of Egypt and a god to them.
  11. God hit them at the place of their pride.
  12. This blood in the Nile (Ex. 7:20) is representative of a former blood shed there (Ex. 1:22).

Moses, a Bush on Fire, and the Almighty’s Plan

As we continue going through the Bible, we have now approached Exodus.

God responded to Israel’s terrible plight by listening to the prayers of his oppressed people, revealing his character to Moses, and promising to deliver and redeem them.

Here are some notes:

  1. Moses attempted to deliver God’s people but tried through his hands (Ex. 2:12).
  2. “I am the God of your father” (Ex. 3:6).  If God approached my children with this description of himself, would they feel relieved, confused, or disgusted?  That answer has more to do with their perception of me than their perception of him.
  3. Don’t miss the proximity of these characters.  The Pharaoh that died (Ex. 2:23) was Moses’ adopted grandfather.
  4. God will never forget about his people (Ex. 2:24).
  5. No greater reassurance than to realize God is aware of our suffering (Ex. 2:25).
  6. God has a uniquely perceptive, attentive nature.
  7. Bush on fire – take this message seriously.
  8. God had a history to communicate (Ex. 3:6-10).
  9. When God instructed Moses to take of his sandals, he was saying stop out of your past (record on his sandals) and step out of the work of your hands.
  10. The mentioning of these names (Ex. 3:6) do not conjure up thoughts of faithful patriarchs but a faithful God!
  11. God promised to save them from something for something.
  12. It’s not about who I am, it’s about who is I AM (Ex. 3:11).
  13. When God calls, if I look to self, I am filled with fear, but if I look to God, I am filled with faith.
  14. If God calls you to do something bigger than yourself, stop looking at yourself.
  15. The greatest promise of God is the presence of God (Ex. 3:12).
  16. God doesn’t involve us in his work because he needs us; he includes us because he wants us.
  17. “I AM WHO I AM.”  God is absolutely central.  God actually “is.”
  18. God defines himself.  He is the self-existent one.  He is not defined by on jurisdiction.
  19. God’s existence and character are determined by himself alone.
  20. Moses’ excuse (Ex. 4:10-11) was irreverent and irrelevant.

Looking Back

Sometimes, as a pastor, I dread rainy Sundays.  It seems like it makes people less likely to engage.

It was not that way today!  Both services were ready to get after it and worship our holy God.  Powerful times.

We started our services by singing “Here for You” and “You Are Holy.”  Studying through the last section of Exodus, I kept seeing how the holiness of God was highlighted and wanted to really emphasize that through our services today.

We then got to see a great homemade video from Africa by the Wolfes.  It was great to hear and see them today and then to huddle up in prayer groups to pray over them.  I texted Taylor a picture of the prayer groups and he was so and humbled and appreciative that “North Side is not behind us but you guys are with us.”

We then sang “Our God Is With Us,” “Holy Holy Holy,” and “Revelation Song.”  These big declarations of the holiness of God was such a special time of worship.

Jeff’s message was so helpful as he pointed out the grace of our God and also his expectation that we will obey.  I loved hearing the passion in his voice has he proclaimed the mystery and wonder of the gospel.

Such special times – I am honored to be around and watch God at work!  I will echo Jeff’s words as he blessed the congregation today like Moses did – I can think of no greater word to hear than to hear that our church is obeying God’s Word!  Amen and amen!

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The Tabernacle

Our God is with us.

Are there greater words to celebrate?  We focused on the tabernacle today and what a joy to celebrate the presence of God.

We began our services by singing “Lay Me Down” and “Cornerstone.”

After a prayer time led by Jeff, we were reminded about the Project Love Christmas drive, and took a vote of affirmation for our new Discipleship Pastor, Dick Williams.  What exciting times!

We then sang “Come Thou Fount” and introduced the 2nd song from “The Word” project entitled “Our God Is With Us.”  The song looks at the often-repeated phrase through the lives of Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, and David (among others).  It was incredible to hear people sing out with passion at their first introduction to it.  With all the songs we have written so far, this one is one of my favorites because I can’t think of a greater promise!

Jeff’s message was so helpful.  Pointing out the fact that God told Moses to take the people of Israel without him and Moses refused was amazing.  Moses knew that the promises of God, the provision of God, and the protection of God was not enough – he wanted the presence of God.

Oh, and how I long for a day when we have to tell people to stop giving to the work because we have way too much!

We ended the services with “Better Is One Day” from Psalm 84.

Love God’s presence among us.

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