The Golden Calf is Everyone's Problem
Idolatry is a serious problem. When we engage in idolatry, when we love something more than God, we are breaking one of God’s commandments (#1). But idolatry is also the gateway through which all other commandments are broken: because you don't break commandment #2-10, without first breaking #1. And more than merely breaking a commandment or being a gateway to breaking others, idolatry is the great barrier for the gospel in our lives.
Idolatry is a also a very common problem. Our Old Testament reading in Exodus 32, the famous golden calf incident, is one of the great examples of idolatry in the Bible. It is not however, the only description. In fact, idolatry is so common, that one theologian has claimed that there was NEVER a time in Israel’s history from Abraham’s day to our own in which idolatry has not been a problem. So great is this problem that John Calvin once said: “Our hearts are idol factories.”
If it is such a serious and ubiquitous problem, what can be done about it? In this sermon, we will look at Exodus 32:1-14, in order to better understand how idolatry works and what hope we have faced with such a destructive sin.
Posted on Mon, October 13, 2014
by Tom Bost