Bible Reading: Exodus 32: 25-35
Key Verse: Verse 31 - “And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold."
Key Words: this people have sinned a great sin
Remember, the word great carries the idea of “beyond human comprehension” ... “bigger than life.”
In our text the people of Israel, among other things, were worshipping false gods. Now I don’t believe there are white sins and black sins; sin is sin. But Moses, inspired by the Holy Spirit, called this sin great. It was great because it broke the first commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” It was great because it broke the second commandment, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.”
When God is not first in our lives, we greatly sin (Colossians 1:18 and Matthew 6:33). God wants to be first in our lives.
A certain man wanted to sell his house in Haiti for $2,000. Another man wanted to buy it, but because he was poor, he couldn’t afford the full price. After much bargaining, the owner agreed to sell the house for half the original price with just one stipulation: he would retain ownership of one small nail protruding from just over the door.
After several years, the original owner wanted the house back, but the new owner was unwilling to sell. So the first owner went out, found the carcass of a dead dog, and hung it from the single nail he still owned. Soon the house became unlivable, and the family was forced to sell the house to the owner of the nail.
The moral of the parable is, “If we leave the devil with even one small peg in our life, he will return to hang his rotting garbage on it, making it unfit for Christ’s habitation.”
What to do:
✞ Put God first, and you’ll never go wrong.
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