NEITHER GODS OF GOLD
By Robert E. Hanna
Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:23
"Neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold." How clear-how plain! The children of Israel were not hearing- impaired. The Lord their God was a jealous God Who would other God before Him. God was establishing the law in unmistakably specific terms. With these words fresh in their minds, they proceeded to defy the Supreme Authority of ' the Source of their deliverance.
"And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, THESE BE THY GODS, 0 ISRAEL, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt" (Exodus 32:3-4).
God's purpose has ever been to establish a bond oflove and peace between Himself and his people. In dealing with Israel, He gave them law as a means to this end; and they spurned it. What a reception for a God of such loving patience! David prayed, "Thou, 0 Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth" (Psalms 86:15). What irony that God was moved to say to Israel, "All day long have I stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people" (Romans 1O:21)!
Man has nothing to offer God other than compliance with His will. It is God that gives; man is the recipient. "Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good [act of giving] and every gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights" (James 1:16-17a). Compliance? Not in the Dispensation of Law!
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
ead Acts 16L31 Romans 1:16, and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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