Theme: THE DANGER OF HYPOCRISY
Text: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God…” -Exodus 20:3-5.
Comment: The Holy Scripture abounds with divine warnings and condemnation of corrupt worship. After the children of Israel came out of Egypt, God instructed them not to fall into the error of worshipping several gods as the heathen were doing. But not long after Moses had climbed the Mountain to receive instructions from God, they showed their insincerity when they told Aaron, “Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him” (Exodus 32:1) They were unfaithful and hypocritical in denying the Almighty God Who had been leading them for mimic gods of no consequence.
They also knew Moses went to Mount Sinai to bring the commandments, written with the finger of God, in two tables of testimony and tables of stone for them. (Exodus 31:12-18) Therefore, the alibi of delay leveled against their leader as the basis for their idolatrous acts was also dishonesty and complete hypocrisy. In reality, many of them lacked faith in God in spite of His wonders on them. “They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them”, so said King David in Psalm 78:10, 11.
And Saint Paul, still harping on their hypocrisy, had this to say: “Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith…For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee…” (Romans 11:20-22) We should pray for the faith to remain steadfast in the service of God in spite of temptations. – Matthew 24:12,13; 1 Corinthians 15:58.