“And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.”
They Made. They Offered. They Rejoiced.
While doing so they had turned their backs on the God of Heaven that had brought them out of bondage, across the Red Sea on dry land, and provided for them in the wilderness. They deceived Aaron and demanded that he make them gods to go before them while Moses was upon Mount Sinai communing with the Lord.
“Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:”
How often do we rejoice in the works of our own hands?
This can be described in one word…Pride.
While the preacher is getting his message from God what idol are we worshipping? Our career, our children, our ambition, our character, our ministry, our wisdom. We make idols out of the very things that we want to take credit for, but in reality it was the Lord Who gave them to us in the first place. What would we have if He had not given it? Nothing.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
He gave us everything, including His Son.
The works of our hands are merely blessings from Him. Yet we rejoice and worship the things that we believe we have created or built ourselves. We steal His glory in worshipping ourselves and our pride.
Without Him, we are nothing.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
We glory in ourselves while neglecting to praise Him for His goodness and His blessings in our lives. Shame on us. What do we have to look forward to when we allow ourselves to glory in the work of our hands?
Exodus 32:7 “have corrupted themselves”
Exodus 32:8 “They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them”
Exodus 32:9 “a stiffnecked people”
Any work of our hands is because He allowed it, and gave us the ability to accomplish it. The work of our hands is not ours.
Jeremiah 37-38 | Colossians 4 | Psalm 94
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