Ex 32:1-4 1 Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, "Come, make us a god who will go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him." 2 Aaron said to them, "Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me." 3 Then all the people tore off the gold rings which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said, "This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt." NASU
1. Why did the people want a homemade god? v 1
a. Lost faith in Moses.
b. Wanted a god they could see.
c. Forgotten what God had done. d. Wanted a god to lead them.
Do people today desire a home made god? ___________________________________________
Do your actions ever seem to say your making your own God?_____________________________
2 . Why do you think Aaron agreed to make this image? v 2-3
a. He was tired of being number two.
b. Afraid of the people.
c. Wasn't sure of Moses or God. d. He needed something to do while he waited on Moses.
Do we ever yield to the pressure of people? _____________________________________________
3 . How do you think this action of the people made God feel?
a. It made God angry. b. He really did not care. c. He was provoked. d. He was relieved.
4. Personal. (Be brief if you can) Have you ever felt as though God
had deserted you? Can you share?
Have you ever felt deserted by a servant of God?
Can you Share _________________________
Ex 33:1-3 1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, "Depart, go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up from the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, "To your descendants I will give it.' 2 "I will send an angel before you and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite. 3 "Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, because you are an obstinate people, and I might destroy you on the way." NASU
5. Why did God say "I will not go up in your midst,.
. . ?" v 1-3
Ex 33:4-6 and 12-17 4 When the people heard this sad word, they went into mourning, and none of them put on his ornaments. 5 For the LORD had said to Moses, "Say to the sons of Israel, "You are an obstinate people; should I go up in your midst for one moment, I would destroy you. Now therefore, put off your ornaments from you, that I may know what I shall do with you.'" 6 So the sons of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments, from Mount Horeb onward. ........ 12 Then Moses said to the LORD, "See, You say to me, "Bring up this people!' But You Yourself have not let me know whom You will send with me. Moreover, You have said, "I have known you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.' 13 "Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people." 14 And He said, "My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest." 15 Then he said to Him, "If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. 16 "For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?" 17 The LORD said to Moses, "I will also do this thing of which you have spoken; for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name." NASU
6. What evidences do you see of revival in these verses? 33:6, 12-17
a. The people repent. b. Moses is in a place of leadership. c. Moses intercedes for the
d. The promise of God's presence is restored. people.
7. What did Moses believe distinguished Israel from other peoples.
a. Their Jewish features. b. Israel walked with a limp.
c. The golden calf. d. The presence of God.