…whom our fathers would not obey, but rejected. And in their hearts they turned back to Egypt, saying to Aaron, ‘Make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ And they made a calf in those days, offered sacrifices to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. Then God turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the Prophets:
‘Did you offer Me slaughtered animals and sacrifices during forty years in the wilderness,
O house of Israel?
You also took up the tabernacle of Moloch,
And the star of your god Remphan,
Images which you made to worship;
And I will carry you away beyond Babylon.’
“Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He appointed, instructing Moses to make it according to the pattern that he had seen, which our fathers, having received it in turn, also brought with Joshua into the land possessed by the Gentiles, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers until the days of David, who found favor before God and asked to find a dwelling for the God of Jacob. But Solomon built Him a house.
Rejecting God for lack of memory? Hardness of hearts? Selfish focus? Honoring the creation rather than the creator?”…rejoiced in the works of their own hands. …” Do we see this yet today? They had witnesses, they had signs and wonders, they had God’s presence and still turned away to follow the creations of their hands. And our world is full of those who give honor and glory to the creation of our hands, rather than to the God who gave to us the ability to create, the mind to think and reason.
God reaches out, demonstrates His power and still mankind forgets and looks inward to himself. Impatient, they honor what their own hands have created. This is still true today. We look at what we have accomplished, give no credit to God and praise our own achievements, not giving glory to God. Each time mankind goes this direction, God sends punishment. Our take-away then is to take joy in the Lord always. What we do, we do only as He gives grace. He is our supply and source. Any skills we possess are his creation. When He is honored, His blessings follow just as surely as when he is not, punishment follows.
Men and women continue to reject God forgetting who He is and what He does. In the remembering, we keep Him always before us and so are blessed. There is a place that is comforting even in the middle of crisis of the soul, that place that acknowledges our God, creator of the Universe and us. It is a place where His peace reigns and carries us above the turmoil of the crisis. Let’s continue to seek that place, remembering His good works and rise above the temporary events of this life.