GOD’S GLORY AND THE GOLDEN CALF
GOD’S GLORY AND THE GOLDEN CALF
In 2Corinthians 3:18 Amp we see: “ And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.” The veil is a reference to when Moses went up Mount Sinai to get the commandments, God veiled His Glory in Light, and He hid Moses in the rocks, and God passed by quickly, only showing His back side. This was to physically and mentally protect Moses from the power and majesty of the Glory of God which would have killed him instantly. God also told Moses to instruct the people not to touch the mountain nor let any animal touch it, or they will die instantly. His Glory and Image is that powerful that our earthly bodies can’t handle it. So when Moses came down he had to put a veil over his face, because, even with all those precautions, his face was “burned” and glowing from the passing of the Almighty past him with the mountain between. (And yet, knowing all that, and how powerful and glorious God is, they still turned to the Egyptian gods when Moses delayed in coming down, but that’s for another time). The veil is over their eyes because of the many times they turned from God. Because of the sin nature in us, we, too, have a veil over our hearts from conception on. But once we’re saved, Born Again, and living for Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, the veil comes off and through the Holy Spirit, we can see Him. With this, to a degree depending upon how receptive and obedient we each are to Him, He reveals Himself to us, a little at a time, and even more beautiful, we become more like Him little by little, “glory to glory” That is called Sanctification, which can only come about by first humbling ourselves to know that we are nothing, and have no hope without Jesus Christ. All praise to Him!
Let’s follow through this, by going back to Exodus chapters 19-32.
Exodus 32:5~ ~ “Now when Aaron saw the molten calf, he built an altar before it; …” Earlier, we talked about the Glory of God shining on Moses’ face, as He wrote the ten commandments with His Almighty Hand. Meanwhile, the rest of the Isrealites were getting impatient. Knowing full well what Moses went up on the mountain for, and having had the strict instruction not to go near because the GREAT I AM was appearing so near to them, (the God who did all the miracles to free them from bondage), yet, they thought they could control the time for God!!!! When they left Egypt under the power of God, He told them to borrow gold from the Egyptians. I believe He did this to test them, and they failed miserably. Instead of using that as a sacrifice to God in thanksgiving for their freedom, Aaron (Moses’ brother) made for them a golden calf out of the jewelry. The golden calf represented a god of the Egyptians!!! They all saw the miracles that set them free, all symbolizing the created gods the Egyptians worshiped, yet, they used the very gifts of God to mold a pagan god!!! What is worse, Aaron said in Exodus 32:4, “This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.” THIS is what brought you up? A golden calf? Aaron saw the miracles. He was even the voice of Moses, because Moses couldn’t talk well. He was right there. Why would he say this? Why is he not telling the people to remember what God did, and how He brought them out of bondage? We can all ask so many questions like this of ourselves. Why don’t we acknowledge what God did and does daily for us? Why do we use the gifts He has given us to “mold” pagan gods of selfishness, worldliness, envy, strife, love of leisure, pride,……the list goes on indefinitely. Are we reveling in the things of this world like the Isrealites were, even in the shadow of the Mount of His Presence, and the shining of His Glory? That Glory is in us if we’re saved, and yet, do we acknowledge it? Do we acknowledge His constant presence with us? Do we praise and thank Him for all the times He helps us, holds us up, guards, guides, removes obstacles comforts, teaches, …..and so much more than we know? Let’s not follow the veiled and blinded children of God.
We have His presence with us and in us. Let’s not forget that. Talk to Him, thank Him, praise Him!!!!!