This morning I was reading the account of the Israelites and their famous golden calf. It amazes me to think that people could so quickly turn on their God. He had just performed ten miracles of a cataclysmic magnitude. He set the free from a powerful country where they'd been enslaved. He crushed a foreign army when they tried to intervene. He fed them miraculously with food literally falling from the sky. He led them with a physical manifestation of himself; cloud by day and fire by night. He spoke to them audibly on Mount Sinai which was too much for them to bear. And when Moses is gone for a few days, they asked Aaron (the high priest of God) to make them an idol....and he did!
When Moses got down off the mountain he was ticked! He broke the ten commandments which was probably a mistake. He melted down their golden calf to dust, ground it up, put it in water and made them drink it! He had them turn that idol into poo! (that's my take anyways) Moses and the Levites strapped on swords and killed over 3000 people that day to get a message across; God is not to be trifled with. God does not co-exist with idols. God will not share worship with other so called gods.
It's comfortable for us to read these stories because we're convinced that we are idol free. No statues in my house. No idols on the mantle. No Buddha in the back yard. See, I'm idol free! Want to reconsider? Take some time to think about what your idols might be....more on this tomorrow.
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Exodus 30-32