19They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.
20Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.
21They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;
22Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.
23Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.
A Calf in Horeb
As we continue with the sad commentary of the nation of Israel in their wilderness wanderings, we find that things seemed to go from bad to worse. While Moses was on the mountain communicating with God, the people, led by Aaron, Moses' brother, were dancing and worshiping a golden calf.
They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt; Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.
What a reminder that our hearts, apart from the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, are filled with wickedness.
9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. (Jeremiah 17:9-10, King James Version)
The Lord searches our hearts, but what will He find? How can our wicked hearts be changed? Certainly there is nothing we can do to change our hearts, but Christ can change our wicked hearts into hearts of righteousness. With a love beyond our imagination, God sent His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to this earth. He took on the form of a man, and lived among the people, telling of God's great love for them.
Spurned and rejected by His own people, He was led away to a cruel death on the cross at Calvary. Was that the end? No! All of this was planned by God. Indeed, men did not put Christ to death; rather, He gave up His life so that He might win a people for God.
6For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6, King James Version)
How then can we escape if we neglect this great salvation? Falling before the Lord Jesus Christ, we can do nothing but cry out in repentance, asking God to forgive our sins. Amazingly, that is all that is necessary. To the truly repentant heart, God grants a new heart, washed clean of all its filthiness.
Does that mean that we will never sin again? No! While still on this earth we will face a continual battle between our wicked heart and our desire to live a holy life before God. Yet Christ is available to us 24/7; we need just ask for help and He will send His legions of angels on our behalves.
So, when you think of that golden calf in Horeb, remember that, though we are just like the people of Israel, there is hope for us in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Go, then, in the strength and power of the Lord Jesus Christ, and tell your family, friends, and neighbors what a great thing Christ has done for you.
God Bless You,