Theme: WHO IS ON THE LORD’S SIDE?
Text: “And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:) Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.” – Exodus 32:25, 26,
Comment: The Israelites stripped themselves naked as part of the immoral conduct that accompanied the worship of the idol which had been made for them. The account states that Aaron told them to do so in order to make them a laughing stock before the heathen who were around them. (Exodus 32:25) Their descent to idolatry was an unbelievable affront to the majesty of the great King who had warned them just a few days earlier to keep His laws so that they would be to Him “a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation”. (Exodus 19:4-6) On seeing that they were naked, Moses proclaimed, “Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me.” (Exodus 32:26) The Levites ran to him. Then he commanded them to kill anyone who had committed himself whether such one, was known to him or not. (Exodus 32:20-28) For the true Christian, the love of God takes precedence over fleshly considerations; one should be ready to part company with or disown those closely related to one once their ways are opposed to the truth. Jesus Christ said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:26.