It’s magic

“And I said to them, ‘Whoever has any gold, let them break it off.’ So they gave it to me, and I cast it into the fire, and this calf came out.””
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭32‬:‭24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

It’s magic!

As I read the verse in Exodus chapter thirty, I laughed out loud at the absurdity of Aaron’s claim. Then I reflected on all the times I myself have failed. Laughter gave way to deep reflection, for I was no better.

We can get ourselves into trouble so easily these days, for sin is lurking at the door, and the devil is on the prowl. When we get into deep and gross sin, we have the tendency to look at where we are and not see how we got there.

If we were take the time to reflect, we would see the path was paved with a multitude of micro decisions that eventually led us down the road to perdition.

Once we have fallen, we try and tell ourselves that it just sort of happened, that it was unavoidable, and that we have no idea who we went from holy to unholy, from righteousness to sin. In reality the stumble was the eventual outcome of what happens when we take our eyes off the Lord and place them on self.

The children of Israel had come to Mount Horeb, and Moses had ascended the mountain to meet with God and receive the Law. In His absence the people had become restless, for to them Moses was their mediator with this fearsome God they could not see. When he was gone some forty days, they quickly reverted to their previous ensnared state, this time not to the Egyptians, but to the god of this world.

“Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” And Aaron said to them, “Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!””
Exodus 32:1-4 NKJV

There is a tendency in the mind and heart of we humans to attribute any distance we feel from God, on Him, thinking that He has moved far from us. In reality, it is not God who moved, but we, for He is faithful and we are not.

The Lord is always near, always aware of us, knowing us to our innermost. There is nothing hidden from Him, nothing He does not already know.

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
Psalms 139:1-7 NKJV

When Moses went up the mountain, it was likened to Jesus ascending, leaving the disciples. The key difference is that Moses left no-one to guide the people as he met with God, but Jesus has left us His Helper, His Holy Spirit, that we not be abandoned.

““If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”
John 14:15-18 NKJV

In the Holy Spirit, we have the presence of God in us, to guide us as we navigate through this world. He has the power to convict use of our sins, and guides before we even conceive of doing wrong.

The Lord has given us His word, complete and inerrant, to provide for us a daily guide. In following the Lord, we have great advantage over the children of Israel, for the word is like an x-ray revealing in us any deviation. For us there are no moments where we cast gold into the fire, and magically golden calves appear.

“Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:11-13 NKJV

The children of Israel had great struggles in the wilderness, so much so that many of them fell, never receiving the rest, admission into the promise.

Though we have the Helper and the word, we must avail ourselves of the advantage, for if we do not, we too are ones without guidance and most hopeless.

Brothers and sisters, the time is short, and many of us are turning away from the great salvation that has been afforded to us by Jesus. Some of us are casting gold into the fire, and golden calves are coming out, not by magic, but carefully and lovingly hand crafted.

I tell you the truth, the Lord is going to return, and though we do not day or the hour, we know the season, and those who look upon this world through spiritual eyes know that the time is near.

Let us not grow weary of looking forward to His appearing, for the devil is on the prowl even now.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
I Peter 5:8-11 NKJV

There will be sufferings, my people, which in themselves will serve to test the hearts of Christians to see they are truly in the faith.

Let us remember that He who went up, will come down, and this time He will rule and reign and bring justice via a rod of iron.

“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
Revelation 22:20-21 NKJV

Have a fantastic Friday!





3 thoughts on “It’s magic

  1. I still battle my love for cars Bernie. Though I stay busy with gospel work, I still sense the gnawing idolatry for those “metal images.” Will you pray for the Lord to kill my idolatrous desire in that area please?

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