Perhaps you have caught this in the past, however just in case you might have missed the idea of a blessing can easily become a blight; sin if you did not observe the connection!

When Israel left Egypt, after 400 years and ten plagues had battered them under Moses leadership, (Exodus 7-11) a most interesting thing occurred… Pharaoh rose in the night, called Moses and Aaron, and said: “Rise up, get out from among my people… we shall all be dead.” (Exodus 12:30-33)  “The children of Israel requested from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have their request.  Thus they plundered the Egyptians.” (Ex. 12:35-36)

As they moved toward the Promised Land, God gave them the Ten Commandments and a multiplicity of Laws.  You will probably remember the eruption that took place as Moses came down from the Mountain and discovered that the people had melted all the golden jewelry that the Egyptians had given them, (Exodus 32) and had made a golden calf and were worshiping it.  It is described as “corrupted themselves”. (Exodus 32:7)  Here they were, violating the Ten Commandments with the gold procured from the Egyptians when God had caused the Egyptians to gladly lavish upon them when they left Egypt.

We are a strange group!  We find it “convenient” to allow the “old nature” to ascend, to revert to sinful practices because God did not jump in our time frame.  Remember, Moses had been on the mountain for 40 days and this is his “reception committee”.

Friends, we need to re-examine the reasons we allow ourselves to be violators of those commandments, “written on both sides; they were written on one side and the other.  The tablets were God’s work, and the writing was God’s writing engraved on the tablets.” (Exodus 32:15, 16)

Wealth, turned to idolatry!


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