This is a bible study that Laurie Short wrote and is found on Right Now Media. Each week we will use as our introduction a six-minute video where Mrs. Short addresses two of the biggest challenges facing us right now: Holding on and Letting Go. Following this, I will preach on the scripture verses that goes with each video session.
Our hope is to learn how we can hold on to God when we can’t see what He is doing, and let go when things aren’t going the way we’d like. I believe this series will provide a timely word for us this season.
~ Don Hutchinson
God Wants Us to Learn Hard - September 10
Exodus 32:1-8 (NIV)
1 When the people 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.”
2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4 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,[b] Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”
5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.” 6 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.
7 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. 8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’
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