When the people of Israel looked at each other they did not see perfect people. When the looked at themselves, honestly, they knew something was missing. They could feel it. A hollowness in their center, a roughness around their edges.
They didn’t like it. They didn’t like it in themselves and they didn’t like it in others. They wanted to fill it up and they didn’t particularly care what it was filled with. Anger, pride, joy, self-justification, food, drink, idols, it didn’t matter. They wanted smooth edges and an internal feeling of fullness. Fulfillment.
Are people today any different? Look around – don’t you see the exact same situation today. If anything our dedication to our own selfworth and our criticism of others may be at an all time high.
But, what if we have it all wrong? What if that emptiness we feel was there for a specific purpose? What if we were created to be gears? What if we are supposed to fit into something bigger? What if that roughness of around our edges was there not for ourselves, but to connect with others who also have rough edges. What if we are not a problem to be fixed, but a part of an amazing grand design? What if instead of focusing on ourselves, we turned our focus to the source of power that can turn our world around and around?
When Moses came down and saw the sin, he took the golden calf, burned it ground it up and made all the people of Israel drink it. Did it bring them fulfillment? Did it fill up that hole in the center of their soul? No, it made them sick.
16. the work of God, the writing of God
They had broken the law (literally), they were not deserving of the gift of the law
He was left in charge, he had been appointed, he knew better – history before Egypt and eye witness to every miracle and plague
blamed the people (prone to evil), they told him, they didn’t know where Moses was, he stuck the gold in the fire and out popped the calf
same – blaming circumstances and others rather than owning my sin