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The Fire and the Calf

“…So I said to them, ‘Let any who have gold take it off.’ So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.” Exodus 32:24

Aaron was frightened at what he had done. He was afraid of the act itself and he was afraid of what Moses would say about it.… And so he tried to persuade Moses… that it was not he that had done this thing. He lays the blame upon the furnace.…

There never was a speech more true to one disposition of our human nature. We are all ready to lay the blame upon the furnaces. “The fire did it,” we are all of us ready enough to say.

Our age, our society is … the furnace. Its fire can set and fix and fasten what the man puts into it. But, properly speaking, it can create no character. It can make no truly faithful soul a doubter. It never did. It never can.

Everywhere there is the cowardly casting off of responsibilities upon the dead circumstances around us.… You see, I am sure, how perpetual a thing the temper of Aaron is, how his excuse is heard everywhere.…

If this is the trouble, where, then, is the help? If this is the disease, where is the cure? I cannot look for it anywhere short of that great assertion of the personality which is made when a man personally enters into the power of Jesus Christ.…

The only hope for any of us is in a perfect honest manliness to claim our sins. “I did it, I did it,” let me say of all my wickedness.… It is the only honest and the only hopeful way to know and be ourselves. When we have done that, then we are ready for the Gospel, ready for all that Christ wants to show us that we may become, and for all the powerful grace by which He wants to make us be it perfectly. – Phillips Brooks

Spirit Filled Life Daily Devotional Bible, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers) 1998, c1993.

About Dale

Christ follower, husband, dad, dad-in-law, pops, son, brother, uncle, nephew, friend, pastor, longview lobo, baylor bear, dbu patriot, swbts alum, native texan, illinoisan. I am passionate about worshipping Jesus Christ and leading others to worship Him through the arts.


2 thoughts on “The Fire and the Calf

  1. Great work Dale! I like what you’ve written and agree. It reminded me of Adam in the garden as well. “It’s the woman you gave me…” Yeah, nice, try and blame her and ultimately God for your sin. What a great truth you’ve presented. Keep it coming!!

    Posted by thammack | February 10, 2013, 6:54 am

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