Today: You worshipped; who got the worship?
5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.” 6 So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings.[c] Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry. 7 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. 8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’ (Ex 32, NIV 84)-emphasis added
Aaron is now the favorite pastor of Israel because he made the kind of “god” they wanted; he promotes everything the way they want it!
Everything expected in a real worship to the Lord was there! they brought-in their precious jewellery and offered it scarificially; they got up early morning and sacrificed burnt offerings; they celebrated and worshipped. After all that, if anyone said anything “negetive” about that worship, they will be out!
People are only supposed to say, “the worship was great”!
If you look only for certain “elements” in a place of worship, you can get cheated. A good worship team/choir, nice chairs and facility, nice “welcome” and stuff may all be good; but the question is, “what’s going on, on the inside?”
When Jesus came to the temple at Jerusalem, everything was going as as usual
They had their sacrifices, worship everything; on the side, other businesses were also going on, as we see in many places today
After worshipping their “god”, these people ate and drank, and they turned into sin/immorality; what happens after worship will tell you who they worshipped
True worship can be seen in Isaiah 6 and Revelation 1. Both Isaiah and John committed themselves to be instruments in God’s hand, for God’s mission
The problem today, is that neither leaders nor the people have a personal vision/ experience with God. It was only Moses (and Joshua) who went and spoke with God. Aaron was too busy to talk with God
When you have leaders who are too busy to talk with and hear from God, these kinds of things happen.
Today, because of TV, internet and stuff, worship and prayer has gone “out of the window”, from our hearts and homes, even churches!
We will pay the penalty, sooner or later. We can already hear so many “noises” when some leaders/ representatives “meet” for various things/discussions
God is watching 24/7. When there are many crying, “how long, Lord?”, He will definitely show up one day
If we take a real look at the inside, we will see “the golden calf”, instead of the lamb that was slain! only problem is that “the calf” is not “visible” like in Exodus, unless you have real spiritual, discerning eyes
May God help us discern what’s really going on, on the inside
Have a blessed day!
Prayer: Father God, things are similar today, as what happened in the days of Moses; we have everything that looks like “worship”, except you! Restore us, so that we will be able to see you and be transformed. In Jesus’ name, Amen
It is possible to have a “great worship” and miss Jesus there; but someone else will surely be there, who gets the worship!