Sunday School Material 9-19-10: God's Hatred of Idol

(Exodus 32:1-10; 9/19/10)

Introduction: A key idea in today's Sunday School material lesson is that God got angry over Israel's sins. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live lives that please God, instead of anger Him.

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Read Exodus 32:1-6
I. Israel's Sin.
Moses was talking with God in this section of the Sunday School material. The people talked Aaron into building an idol. The people worshipped the idol, as a representation of the God who delivered them from Egyptian bondage.

Applications –
- The majority can be wrong.
Notice in vs. 1 of the Sunday School material that the people were so wrong. In spite of God doing so many marvelous things in their lives, in less than a year, they decided to simply leave Moses on the mountain and move on with their own ideas.

They did not even go and look for Moses. We must be careful about assuming that since the people want to do something then it must be right.

God's word is right, even if the majority disagrees with it. Let's make sure we put much more emphasis on the word of God than we do on what the people say they want.

- Being faithful to your assignment. Notice in vs. 2 of the Sunday School material that Aaron cooperated with the sinful plans of the people.

There are some people who are so zealous about being a leader that they will do anything to get there. Whereas Aaron built the ungodly calf, some will spread rumors, entertain gossip, or forgo the honor due to their office, so they can be in charge.

Let's strive to be faithful to the seat that God has assigned us. Instead of Aaron cooperating with the sinful agenda, he should have stood in strong opposition to their agenda and as an advocate for the Lord's agenda. We should do the same.

What God has for you, it is for you. You don't have to cooperate with sin to get to where God wants you to be. This is true on our jobs, in seeking a mate, and even in politics.

- Giving God our best. Notice in vss. 3 of the Sunday School material that the people were willing to give sacrificially and engage in feasts and fellowship among one another towards their calf.

It is amazing how people can do what they want to do but cry that they are "broke, busy, or tired," when it is time to follow God's instructions.

As the recently released slaves in our text gave gold earrings for their calf, too many who claim that they are too poor to tithe spend thousands of dollars a year on hair, finger and toe nails, shoes, extra cloths, and lottery.

People who are too anti-social to fellowship with church members and too reserved to engage in enthusiastic worship too often turn around and socialize with strangers in a club or show so much enthusiasm for a sports team.

Let's work on giving much more to God's agenda than we give to our own.

Read Exodus 32:7-10
II. God's Anger.
The Lord tells Moses, in this section of the Sunday School material, that Moses' people have sinned. Moses is told to go down to them. The Lord talks about destroying them and making a great nation out of Moses.

Applications –
- Choosing God, instead of sin.
Notice in vss. 7 of the Sunday School material that God saw and allowed the people to sin. God was up the mountain with Moses and down the mountain with the people at the same time.

God saw the sinfulness of the people, but did not take their ability to choose away from them. God still sees all that we do. And He still allows us to choose either the right way or the wrong way.

Let's work on using our ability to choose to choose to do things God's way. We should not expect God to stop us from doing wrong. He tells us what to do and what not to do, but it is up to us to obey.

- Pleasing, instead of angering, God. Notice in vss. 9-10 that God was very angry with the sins of Israel. God essentially disowned the people in vs. 7, when it talked about them being Moses' people, instead of His people.

God talked about essentially destroying them and starting over with Moses. It is such a dangerous thing to make God angry. God is too big and too powerful for us to have Him angry with us. Yet, we tempt Him to be angry when we willfully sin.

Every time we ignore God's clear instructions to be studying, serving, and giving disciples of Christ, we tempt God to get angry. Every time we refuse to demonstrate love for one another and engage in enthusiastic worship, we tempt God to get angry.

Every time we resist following God sent leadership, we tempt God to get angry. We have enough bills to pay, enough relational drama to deal with, and enough health challenges to negotiate with. We really don't want to add to our troubles the anger of God.

Let's work on obeying God, so He can be pleased with us, instead of His being angry about our sins. At the core of God's will for our lives is to love God, ourselves, and others.

Conclusion: Let's work on living lives that please God, instead of anger Him. God has much for those who obey His will.

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