What If You Falter Exo. 32:1-4, 30-34; 34:6b-9 May 2, 2010
Do all of us falter at times? I think so. Sometimes a new Christian expects to never sin again and when he/she does they question if they ever really got saved. We need to establish for ourselves and others that just because we made a commitment to Christ does not mean we are perfect. Well, What If We Falter? The scripture tells us we have an advocate with the Father, and He ever lives to intercede for us.
1. If You Falter Don’t Seek The Direction Of A . . Misguided Leader. Ex 32:1-4
A. A Wrong Leader Not . . Appointed By God. 32:1-2
32 When the people saw that Moses delayed in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around
Aaron and said to him, "Come, make us a god who will go before us because this Moses, the man who
brought us up from the land of Egypt—we don't know what has happened to him!" 2 Then Aaron replied to
them, "Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters and bring
them to me."
B. A Wrong Leader Not . . Approved By God. 32:3-4
3 So all the people took off the gold rings that were on their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took the gold from their hands, fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made it into an image of a calf. Then they said, "Israel, this is your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!" HCSB
When Moses delayed coming back to the people they took matters in their own hands and gathered around Aaron, probably inflated his ego, and got him to make them an image of gold. Aaron was never appointed by God to be the leader of the people. Through the appeal of the people he became a misguided leader. These people where so far away from trusting God when this image took shape as a calf they said, “Israel this is your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.” Now how could a manmade object, just recently created do that? God never gave His approval of Aaron as the leader and this indicates why.
2. If You Falter Seek The Direction Of A . . Mediating Leader. Ex. 32:30-34
A. A Leader Who Will Mediate Through . . Confession To God For You. 32:30-32a
30 The following day Moses said to the people, "You have committed a great sin. Now I will go up to the
Lord; perhaps I will be able to pay for your sin." 31 So Moses returned to the Lord and said, "Oh, this
people has committed a great sin; they have made for themselves a god of gold. 32 Now if You would only
forgive their sin.
B. A Leader Willing To Mediate With . . Concession To God For You. 32:32b-34
“. . . But if not, please erase me from the book You have written." 33 The Lord replied to Moses:
"Whoever has sinned against Me I will erase from My book. 34 Now go, lead the people to the place I told
you about; see, My angel will go before you. But on the day I settle accounts, I will hold them accountable
for their sin."
If you or I falter we may be guided by a leader who cares for us and the things of the Lord. Moses mediated in behalf of the people as he confessed their sin and pleaded with God to forgive them. Moses was willing to make concession unto the Lord in an attempt to pay for the sins of the people. He tried to pay for the sins of the people. But God’s plan for forgiveness centers in Jesus and His sacrifice. Moses at this time certainly represents the kind of human leader all of us could follow and appreciate. In these acts we note why God chose him as the leader.
3. If You Falter Seek The Direction Of A . . Magnificent Leader. Ex. 34:6-9
A. A Magnificent Leader To Whom God . . Speaks. 34:6-7
6 Then the Lord passed in front of him and proclaimed: Yahweh—Yahweh is a compassionate and
gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth, 7 maintaining faithful love to a thousand
generations, forgiving wrongdoing, rebellion, and sin. But He will not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing
the consequences of the fathers' wrongdoing on the children and grandchildren to the third and fourth
B. A Magnificent Leader Who . . Seeks The Lord. 34:8-9
8 Moses immediately bowed down to the ground and worshiped. 9 Then he said, "My Lord, if I have indeed
found favor in Your sight, my Lord, please go with us. Even though this is a stiff-necked people, forgive
our wrongdoing and sin, and accept us as Your own possession."
Moses on many occasions demonstrated the qualities of magnificent leadership. The Lord took him as a stuttering sort of backward man and developed him. As God spoke to him and guided him he became a the magnificent leader we see developing in the text. He became more bold in his dealings with the Lord and that caused him to be more confident in dealings with man. His example of seeking God is refreshing and challenging to each of us. When we falter we may very well be guided to seek out a leader who will guide us to the Lord because he or she knows where spiritual strength comes from. Beth Moore’s studies certainly help many women and she does not hesitated to share how God has led and developed her into the leader she is.
So if someone asked you, “What If You Falter.” Tell them you are going to get up and use that experience to seek God, His leaders, and a closer walk with Him. Amen? Amen!