“When the people (at Sinai) saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, ‘Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’

“Aaron answered them, ‘Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.’ So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’

“When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, ‘Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.’ So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry” (Exodus 32:1-6).

Wait a minute; he built an altar to a calf and announced a festival to the Lord!!! As for the festival, it doesn’t sound like they were singing, “Holy, Holy, Holy,” either. What happened? What caused Aaron to abandon his responsibility to God so quickly? He just changed sides.

Well, he was pressured. Maybe he thought the people would turn on him if he didn’t give in to them. But, still, this just doesn’t seem right.

We get pressured to compromise, too. Sometimes it’s sin saying things like, “It doesn’t hurt to look,” or ,“Just take it; they’ll never miss it.” Maybe we’ll feel like an outsider if we don’t cuss or appreciate lewd comments, so we give in to the people.

Joshua said, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15).

Men, we can’t build and altar to a calf and hold a festival to the Lord. God won’t have it and it will be our wives and sons and daughters that will have to pay the price.

Joshua also said, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Men, we can choose which side we want but “victory rests with the Lord” (Proverbs 21:31).


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