Before God You Have No Excuse… Repent and Be Forgiven (Exodus 32)

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Me Without You = Aaron (Rationalizing)

Text: Exodus 32

            Confession time: When I was about four years old I stole a pack of gum from a grocery store. I remember it like it was yesterday. There I stood in the check-out aisle. My Mom was busy emptying the grocery cart, and like any kid I was drawn to that wall of candy that you can find in every grocery store.

I can still remember my train of thought as I looked on the floor and saw a pack of gum at the base of this wall of candy. “You know what happened? I bet someone bought that pack of gum and dropped it. I know it’s wrong to steal but this isn’t stealing if someone bought it. This is a simple case of finders-keepers-losers-weepers.” So I picked up that pack of gum, slid it in my pocket and looked around to make sure no one saw.

It took until we got home for my Mom to discover what I had done. I’ll never forget how silly my reasoning was for taking the pack of gum in front of my incensed mother. It was almost unbelievable that I was able to talk myself into stealing that pack of gum so easily.

I don’t know about you, but when I read the account of what Aaron did and said in Exodus 32 I almost can’t believe it. Aaron sounds about as idiotic as I must have sounded to my mother as I tried to explain why it was ok for me to take the pack of gum. How could he? Did he really think this was a good idea? Was he suffering amnesia? Continue reading