And the Lord gave me the two tablets written of stone written with the finger of God: and on them were all the words which the Lord has spoken with you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly. And at the end of forty days and forty nights the Lord gave me the two tables of stone, the tables of the covenant. Then the Lord said to me, 'Arise go down quickly from here; for your people whom you have brought from Egypt have acted corruptly; they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I have commanded them, for they have made themselves a molten image.
Deut 9: 10-12
Wherever we are, there are rules to follow. In a supermarket, one is not allowed to throw into disarray any items. In a church, one is not supposed to shout and make a scandal. In the airplane, one is expected to sit properly and fasten one's seatbelt. So freedom is relative!
God has made clear in the Old Testament that there are commandments to be followed. On the other hand, the Israelites during those time acted in an unfaithful way. Under Aaron, they made a molten calf and revel around it. It's not easy to decipher what happened to these people. Out of the blue, they turned away from God.
God is loving, He gives all the chances for us to worship and love Him absolutely! In this time, there are still some people who copies the unfaithfulness of these Israelites of the past. They make false images of other gods whom they worship.
These false gods are not necessarily molten gold or silver. These false gods could be in another form---- pride, vanity, love of money, obsession of all sorts and sometimes lukewarm ness!
Let us pray today that God will give all of us enough grace to make us humble, simple, devoid of love of money and obsession with the world but with grace to offer our suffering for the salvation of sinners and of souls and to help the poor and needy...