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Thursday, 6 June 2013
Week 3 Getting from Here to There Moses' Mission - Trouble at Mill - a talk by Canon Andrew Evans
God has some important things to download to Moses so
he calls him to a briefing on top of Mount Sinai.God likes mountain tops shrouded in smoke and
mist, a bit of the theatrical adds mystery and suspense.Is God finally going to tell Moses the way to
the Promised Land and an end to this ceaseless wandering?
fact the info God wants to impart is rather more important than even a decent
route planner.So important, in fact,
that he gives Moses two tablets (not Apple’s but stone).On these God’s own finger has inscribed how
the special relationship between him and the Israelites, called a covenant, was
going to be kept.Ten rules to order
their relationship with him and each other. Pretty radical stuff, about only loving God
and your own wife.
All this takes time and the people left at the foot
of the mountain grow restive and not a little frightened.What if Moses has fallen in a ravine?What if he is lost in that mist?What if he has choked in the smoke?What if he’s not coming back?They collectively lose their nerve and turn
away from God, back to the ways they learnt in Egypt.
Aaron, left in charge by Moses, decides to divert
their attention by getting them busy making a false god.A collection is organised (these still happen
in church each week, though sadly there is little gold in evidence).It was considered quite chic to have flashy
earrings and both the guys and the girls wore them.That was what Aaron wanted.Every earring from each person.He soon had quite a pile of gold and a large
group of people who thought it was funny to try and peep through someone else’s
The gold was duly smelted down and fashioned in to
the shape of a golden calf.This was one
of the Canaanite gods and thought to be quite powerful. Wow, great, roared the
people and organised a huge rave, right there in the middle of the desert,
eating all manna of things on little sticks.
By now Moses had taken the tablets and was on his way
back down the mountain, coughing gently and complaining about his chest.Approaching the camp the noise was so great
he thought a battle was going on.He
soon realises it’s not and that the people have made a HUGE mistake!In a fearful rage he dashes the tablets to
the ground, breaking them into many pieces, just like he feared this new
covenant with God would be shattered, too.There was going to be trouble ……….What happens next is pretty grim and
if you really want to know you’ll have to read it for yourself in Exodus 32. v
Is there a false god in your life?Be really honest!