After the giving of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) at Mount Sinai, the children of Israel affirm their Covenant with God (Exodus 24), and Moses heads up the Mountain in Exodus 25-31 to meet with God to receive instructions on the Tabernacle the original tablets of the Ten Commandments. While Moses was at worship on the mountain, Israel was at sin on the plain.
Pray and Read: Exodus 32:15-35
Key Truth: Moses wrote this passage to show the crises sin causes in relationship, leadership, allegiances, and personal sacrifice.
Key Application: Today I want to show you from our passage the crises that sin causes.
1. SIN CAUSES A CRISIS IN RELATIONSHIP (32:15-20).
a. Moses betrayed Aaron, his older brother and leadership partner, trusted confident, and spokesman by leading the people to sin.
b. APPLICATION: Sometimes those who are closest to you, whom you trust the most, betray you.
2. SIN CAUSES A CRISIS IN LEADERSHIP (32:21-25).
a. Where was Aaron’s leadership? He stood for nothing. He caved to pressure. He did what pleased the most people. Why? FEAR.
b. His weak leadership showed from his mouth. His weak excuses showed his weakness.
c. APPLICATION: Leadership means standing in the face of pressure.
3. SIN CAUSES A CRISIS IN ALLEGIANCE (32:26-29).
a. Moses asked Israelites to choose between God and their personal relationships of family, friends, and neighbors. Matthew 10:37
c. God rewarded the Levites for their obedience.
d. God’s punishment was far milder than His original plan – destroy all of them.
e. APPLICATION: Sometimes allegiance and obedience causes us to choose between God and our family, or friends, or our neighbors. God always blesses us for our obedience.
4. SIN CAUSES A CRISIS IN SACRIFICE (32:30-35).
a. Moses the Intercessor: Willing to be blotted out for his people Romans 10; Ezekiel 18:4
b. A Type of Christ: He who was without sin was made sin for us.
c. Mediator: 1 Timothy 2:5