Westminster Larger Catechism Study

The Golden Calf

Much to learn from this Mike. It’s amazing that Moses turns from arguing against God’s wrath to having his own anger once he sees what is happening. It’s probably best to resist the temptation to respond. In another situation Jesus cautioned:

Luke 9:54  And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?

That said people do have a long history of false worship. Just to mention a few.

Cain, all the High Paces, Dan, many incidents in Judges, the Samaritans, Pharisees, Sadducees, etc…..

The Golden Calf was justified by Aaron as trying to worship not a false pagan god but the true God in very false, pagan ways.

…These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. THE TRUE GOD DID BRING THEM OUT OF EGYPT, BUT NOT “GODS”.

….To morrow is a feast to the LORD.

Repeated… These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt

Of course Aaron was guilty of lying and leading the people astray I’m surprised he survived.

……and there came out this calf.

Exo 32:25  And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:)

There is good teaching in the old Westminster Standard: Directory for the Public Worship of God. But this is long neglected in today’s modern culturally relevant church. But nothing new here.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way where I am going.” John 14:1-4 (NASB) 

1 This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers…

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