This is a message preached by Senior Pastor Peter Somervell of Howick Baptist Church on 5 May 2013, from Exodus 32.
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Summary: While Moses is on the mountain receiving instructions for building the tabernacle, a glorious vision of heaven on earth, where God would dwell among his people, the Israelites become impatient and create a god of their own making and bow down and worship it. God's anger is aroused and he is ready to wipe them all out, and if it wasn't for Moses' immediate intercession on their behalf, he would have done so. Its a story of tragic proportions. But the greater tragedy is how we also are so ready to turn to god substitutes; idols created in our hearts that we cling to, trust in and have affections for. Whatever these things are - money, career, a romantic relationship, a spouse, parenting, sports, social approval - these become in effect our functional gods, our functional saviours. Our only hope is the cross, and a greater love and affection and a greater trust in a greater Saviour - Jesus, the greater Moses.