Making a Nation Out of a Mob, Part 4 (The Covenant & the Cross #75)

Today’s passage of Scripture is Exodus 32:1-4 which reads: “And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him… And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.”

Today’s quote about the Bible is from Romaine. He said: “The longer you read the Bible, the more you will like it; it will grow sweeter and sweeter; and the more you get into the spirit of it, the more you will get into the spirit of Christ.”

Our topic for today is titled “Making a Nation Out of a Mob (Part 4)” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.

— The Law as a Religious System

The bulk of the last half of Exodus and the book of Leviticus set forth instructions for worship. In the process, several changes were made to the Israelite culture. Before this time, sacrifices were performed by the family leader. There were no priests and no central place of worship, which suggests that worship was individual, perhaps sporadic, and certainly unguided. To change this, Moses was given instructions for a tabernacle, a priesthood, a sacrificial system, and a liturgical calendar. Before these directions were implemented, however, trouble arose in the camp.


While Moses was on the mountain receiving instructions from God, the people grew restless. He had gone up the mountain several times, and the people had already ratified the covenant. After this ratification, Moses started getting the more detailed directions relating to the tabernacle. However, this time Moses was gone too long for the people. They went to Aaron and asked for “gods'” to lead them because they didn’t know what had happened to Moses.


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