Believer, do you realize how close to the wrath of God we actually were?
Unbeliever, do you realize how close to the wrath of God you are now!?
I have been preaching in Exodus 32 on Sunday nights and I was alarmed at the realization of just how close the Israelites came to experiencing the onslaught of God's wrath. Moses had been on the mountain with God for forty days, and the people had not heard from Moses during this time. They grew restless, and beckoned Aaron to assume command of the nearly two million people and appease their restless souls. Aaron leads the people to fashion an idol to worship, and thus the infamous golden calf is created, and worshipped.
Now, remember that Moses is on the mountain with God. That must have been an incredible experience. He not only receives the Law of God, but the blueprints for the Tabernacle, a place where God intends to meet with his people. Moses' heart must be full at this point. God then awakens him to the reality of the sinfulness of the people he is leading,"And the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves (Ex. 32:7).” Can you imagine the heartbreak Moses must have experienced?