In the Wilderness 4Tucson Prayer Domain Blog Post
February 10, 2022

Greetings Pray-ers,

After submitting last week’s newsletter I sensed there might be more in our wilderness. I thought about the story of the Golden Calf found in Exodus 32. Let’s take a look at this and see how it could tie in to our own wilderness experiences.

A bit of background:

  • Fifty days after the Israelites left Egypt they arrived at Mt. Sinai, where the Lord gave them Torah, the 10 Commandments; the giving of God’s Word (Ex 20:1-17). This was a forerunner to what would happen years later when, on the anniversary of the giving of Torah, 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus/Yeshua, there would be the giving of God’s Spirit. 
  • The Lord then tells Moses to come up the mountain (24:12) for 40 days and 40 nights (24:18b) where he will receive the actual stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God (31:18b). 
  • We often miss the continuity of this story because in between chapters 24 & 31 are the instructions for the tabernacle.

Verse 32:1a states: When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain… You know, it must be really difficult to communicate with 2 million+ people without cell phones or email, Facebook or Zoom! I wonder how many people knew that Moses was on the mountain. I imagine there were many who didn’t even realize he was gone. Skipping to 32:1c, “As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” Was he dead? Did he leave the people to fend for themselves? We see no acknowledgement of who actually brought them out of Egypt – God! Remember the miracles that had taken place? The people are now 3 months out of Egypt. Three months! Once again, we see how quickly people forget. However, in their defense, we glean from 9:20 & 12:37-38 that Egyptians may have been in their midst. Could some of these people have been the “instigators” of dissent, causing doubt in people’s minds?

We will want to blame all this on the non-Israelites in the group. While it may have started with the Egyptians, it certainly didn’t end with them. I’m most certain that there were good people who tried to be the voice of reason. People who pointed out the importance of waiting for Moses to return. People who ultimately were drowned out by the majority – good (and bad) people who got caught up in the uncertainty and grumblings of those around them. Then in 32:1b – …they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us.” Verses 2-4 show us that Aaron (who would later become the first High Priest - interesting) complied with this request. He asked for their gold earrings (probably the plunder of Egyptian gold), melted them and created an idol in the shape of a calf. And the people said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” 32:4b 

Here is where I stop. As believers, there is much that we can learn even from the few verses we’ve looked at. But, I want to direct my next words to the pray-ers, to the intercessors. What does this have to do with us? When we experience our own seasons in the wilderness, who might we find ourselves gravitating to as we try to come out of it? Who do we find ourselves listening to?  Do we follow individuals who seem to be speaking with authority, passion, conviction or knowledge – many of whom seem to be making sense?  1 John 4:1, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”  The Lord led me to another verse found in 2 Timothy 4:3-4. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

I know there are men & women of God who share of themselves through various forms of media. Some are thought of as prophets, some as teachers or evangelists or even experts. I want to leave you with the importance of keeping your spiritual plumb line on God’s Word especially if you find yourself in the wilderness. There are many out there who “sound good” but upon further and prayerful examination they are found to be leading people away from the truth of God’s Word. 

If you are an intercessor and want to connect with other intercessors in our city, I encourage you to attend a TCI (Tucson City Intercessor) prayer time. This group meets at different locations and times throughout the city. Their next meeting will be on Saturday, February 26 from 8-10am at Kingdom Conquerors Ministries, 3760 S. Park Avenue. If you are interested in learning more about TCI or getting on their email list, please contact Elias Abyad at abyad.elias@gmail.com. Also, there is another opportunity to meet with intercessors that takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each week at noon. They meet each time at the same location, on the west side of Tucson. If you are interested in learning

more about this group, please email lilyofthearabah@gmail.com.


Blessings & Shalom,
Kris

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