Moses interceded on behalf of the Israelites, and his prayer turned the heart of God. However, that didn’t mean that the Israelites didn’t have to face consequences for their sin. On the contrary, their sin brought death and other severe results. So as we look at the closing story of the Golden Calf, we are going to focus on three different people and their responses to God’s judgment: Aaron and his pitiful excuses, the sons of Levi and their willingness to serve the Lord at great personal cost, and Moses and his heart of sincere love and compassion for the Israelites.
“Now these are the rules that you shall set before them.”
Rules can have a negative connotation, especially in our post-modern, post-truth culture. However, if we didn’t have rules, lawlessness would abound and life would be miserable. When the Israelites left Egypt, they left the laws of the Egyptians and rules of Pharaoh and placed themselves under God’s authority and under Moses. They were becoming a new nation, and every nation needs a set of rules to govern the people and dictate justice.
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