The Golden Calf


By Wes Mason

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!”

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.”  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.” ~ Exodus 32:1-6
Humanity has a terrible need to create God into the image that suits their own purposes. We must be very careful that we don’t fall into this same trap as Israel did. They had just experienced the multiple miracles of God bringing them out from under the bondage of slavery to Egypt. Their leader, the prophet Moses, was spending time in the Lord’s presence getting the revelation of the 10 commanments. While he was gone fear and doubt creeped in and Israel began to pressure Aaron into doing something about Moses being absent. So falling into the pagan paradigm that they had been exposed to while in Egypt, he crafted a Golden Calf as an Idol and proclaimed it the god that had brought them out of captivity.

What an insult to our Holy God. To give them the benfit of the doubt, they did not have the written revelation of the Bible that we take for granted today. It is in the Bible that God has choosed to record all that we need to understand his Holy nature, character and will for his creation. Yet far to often folks ignore it, reject it or cherry pick it to make God into the image that they need to justify something in their lives. That is usually something sinful.

There is a GRAVE danger to anyone who ignores or twists the Bible to suit their own purposes. You sin against God and create a false idol to worship. Wow to them that call evil good and good evil!!

“Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and [h]that only is what he will reap. For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” ~ Gal. 5:7-8

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

In Jesus name, amen.

Wes Mason is a native of Richmond VA. He served in the USAF after graduating in 1974 and lived in NM, TX, MA and the UK. While in TX, he recognized God’s calling on his life and was ordained in a small Pentecostal Church in 1984. He moved to Boston to finish college, and while there, was involved in campus ministries as a student leader and a prison ministry volunteer. After college Wes moved back to Richmond in 87, very quickly was asked to be part of the Good news Jail and Prison Ministry at Henrico County Jail west. Currently Wes provides pulpit supply for 11 local Baptist churches. He’s married to my wife Cindy, a school teacher since 88, and has 2 great sons. Wes is a member of Hunton Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Va. Wes plays the 5 string banjo and guitar for a hobby. You can connect with Wes via email:


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