The Substitute – Waiting on God Series

February 12, 2023

Series: Waiting on God                                                       Topic: The Substitute


Text: Exodus 32:1–35                                                                     



Big Idea of the Message: Impatience with God can lead to idolatry, which leads to dire consequences.


Note: Never confuse God’s messenger (conduit) for God



32 When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” (Exodus 32:1)


20 And God spoke all these words, saying, I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands[b] of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:1-6)


For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, (2 Timothy 4:3)


And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord.” (Exodus 32:4-5)


Note: Beware of those that rubber stamps your sinful passions


11 But Moses implored the Lord his God and said, “Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? (Exodus 32:11)



12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people. (Exodus 32:12)

13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your offspring, and they shall inherit it forever.’” 14 And the Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people. (Exodus 32:13-14)


Note: Pray God’s promises while you wait for God’s performance


As a result of failure to wait on God:

  • 3000 men died in one day.
  • God postponed judgment of blotting out of His book the names of people that sinned.
  • The Lord plagued the people.


Just because God relents from punishment does not mean that people get away with sin.


Note: Repent of any sin you may have committed due to impatience



Application Point:

Note: Draw closer to God, while waiting on God

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