TUESDAY April 3, 2018
Eat, Drink and Play
As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink,
and rose up to play.”
1 Corinthians 10:7
Paul referred back to Moses when he was on top of Mount Sinai, and God gave him Ten Commandments on tablets of stone, written with the finger of God (Exodus 31:18). God told Moses to come down from the mountain because the people were guilty of idolatry and corruption. Joshua thought there was war in the camp, but Moses knew it was not; it was singing. Moses saw Aaron with the golden calf he had made, along with God’s people drinking and dancing (Exodus 32:1-6, 17-19).
What did Moses do? He took the Ten Commandments––the Law of God, threw them down and broke them. Then he called Aaron and demanded to know, “What happened?” Aaron blamed the people for making a god––the calf. Who taught them to worship this way? The Egyptians! Israel was already contaminated by the Egyptians among them. They believed they were missing out on the leeks and the garlic in Egypt, but they were dreaming; it was the lust of their flesh.
Moses, in his absence, had left his brother Aaron in charge, and instead of being holy, he compromised with the people. He crafted the golden calf. Moses was so upset he said: “Whoever is on the Lord’s side—come to me!” God judged Israel and sent the Levities with swords; they killed three thousand, and God sent a plague among Israel. He is a God of love, but also a God of judgment; He will not put up with sin (Exodus 32:25-35).
Think about Moses. He was in God’s holy presence, but the people were in the flesh. Often, there is not much difference between us and the children of Israel. Even among the leaders, there is compromise.
If the presence of God is in the Church, the Church will draw the world in. If the presence of God is not in the Church the world
will draw the Church out.
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