Tuesday, July 31, 2007

"Shaping God to Our Liking"

(This is a sermon preached by Dr. Mike Norris at the "Sword of the Lord Conference".)

Exodus 32:1-10 "And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, 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. And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. 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, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation."

1. When we're weary, we shape God to our liking
2. When we're wordly, we shape God to our liking
3. When we're wayward, we shape God to our liking
4. We shape God by the worldly opinions of Him
We need to let God do the shaping and and not us!!!

2 comments:

Baptist Girl said...

Amen!

But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Isaiah 64:8 (KJV)




Cristina

Julie's Jewels said...

Amen!! Afterall...He is the potter right? Unfortunately too many times people take their own lives off the potter's wheel and on a shelf to where the Potter isn't molding them for a period of time...and that is a period of wasted time.