Shalom. Our teaching this morning will be from Exodus 32.1-4. and we have a title for our message; I want patience, and I want it now.
READ EXODUS 32.1-4
At the calling of GOD Almighty, GOD had said to Moses, come up to Me into the mountain and I will give you tables of stone, and a Law and Commandments which I have written that you may teach the people. Exodus 24.12.
And Moses went up into Mount Sinai to be with GOD 40 days, and 40 nights. And GOD said to Moses, let the people make Me a Sanctuary that I may dwell among them. Exodus 25.8
And GOD told Moses how to make the Sanctuary and everything that pertained to it. The ark of the covenant, the holy of holies, the altar for burnt offerings and sacrifices, the menorah, the establishment and ordination of the priesthood, instructions for The LORD’s Sabbaths, and much more.
And the Tabernacle was a large portable tent of meeting that the children of Israel built in the wilderness and carried into Canaan. It served the Jewish people for 400 years until the first Temple that was built by King Solomon was completed. Forty years the Tabernacle served the Congregation in the wilderness, and 360 years the Tabernacle was settled in, and served The LORD and the Congregation in Shiloh. Joshua 18.1. Shiloh was in Ephraim some 19 miles north of Jerusalem.
However, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. While Moses was still in the mountain with GOD, and the 40 days, and 40 nights were drawing to a close, GOD’s instructions to Moses about the Tabernacle and all its furnishings coming to an end, the children of Israel lost patience waiting for Moses to come down from the mountain. Where is he? We don’t know what has become of him, they said. So they went to Aaron who was not the High Priest at the time, but simply the brother of Moses. And they said to him, make us a god that will go before us, for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him. And they made an idol, a molten calf.
Some Jewish commentators believe that the people thought that Moses was dead and they needed a tangible presence to take his place as an intermediary between themselves and GOD. Thus they made the idol, the golden calf. And the people said, this is your god, O Israel that brought you up out of the land of Egypt. EXODUS 32.1-4
Some Bibles read in Exodus 32.1, make us gods, and in verse 4, these are your gods O Israel.
As a point of information, the Hebrew word for gods, g-o-d-s is elohim. But when speaking or writing about The GOD of Israel, The One GOD of Creation, Elohim always means GOD, G-O-D.
The Hebrew word Elohim for The One GOD of Creation is written some 3,000 times in Tnakh, The Old Testament Scriptures. GOD refers to Himself as Elohim, G-O-D-s, because GOD reveals Himself to His Creation in various manifestations. As The Father, The Messiah Yeshua, The Son, The Spirit, The Holy Spirit, The Angel of GOD, The Angel of The LORD, as a cloud, and fire in the wilderness, The Glory of GOD, and any other manifestation GOD desires to reveal Himself. The GOD of Israel is Elohim, Genesis 1.1. Our Savior is Elohim, Isaiah 43.11. Yeshua The Messiah is Elohim, The One GOD of Creation, Isaiah 9.6(5), John 14.9, John 1.3. Thus GOD refers to Himself as Elohim, G-O-D-s though He is The One and Only GOD.
Back to Exodus 32 and some Jewish commentators thinking the children of Israel thought that Moses was dead. So they made an idol, a calf, saying, this is your god, O Israel.
It’s always easy to be a Monday morning quarterback, pointing out the mistakes on Monday that your football team made on Sunday. But I think the grave mistakes that the children of Israel made were their lack of patience, their disobedience to GOD, and their lack of faith, belief, and trust in GOD. And that got themselves into a whole lot of trouble with The LORD their GOD. Let’s look at EXODUS 32.7-15, 21-28.
There are some very important lessons for all of us to be learned here in the category of patience.
GOD had just delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt, after 400 years of hard slavery and affliction under the hands of the Egyptians. This was GOD’s way of making Israel a great nation in Egypt from one Jewish man Joseph, to some 3 million Jewish people. And because of the severe bondage, the children of Israel wanted out of Egypt, and GOD did just that.
Perhaps the people did not know that was the reason they were slaves in Egypt, to make them a great nation. However The Bible does say, before honor is humility. The children of Israel suffered great humility for 400 years as slaves before GOD honored them with their own nation, and their own country, the land of Israel. PROVERBS 18.12.
And perhaps the children of Israel didn’t have any Rabbis in Egypt to tell them what GOD had promised their father Abraham. GOD had said to Abraham, “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing”. Genesis 12.2. Although back in those days, 4,000 years ago, there was no book of Genesis. There was no Bible. Just the spoken Word of GOD that might have been passed on down through the generations until GOD revealed to Moses on Mt. Sinai all that information up to the Exodus out of Egypt. And the Words of GOD were written in The Torah, The Law of Moses.
And perhaps the children of Israel did not know of another promise GOD had made with Abraham. GOD said to Abraham, Know for certain that your descendants will be a stranger in a land that is not theirs. Today we know that land was Egypt. And GOD said, your descendants will serve them and they will afflict them 400 years. And the nation they shall serve, GOD said, I will judge. And afterward they will come out with great substance. But in the fourth generation they shall come here again, to Canaan (where Abraham and Sarah lived). And GOD said, for the iniquity of the Amorites, the Amorites were the Canaanites, is not yet complete. Perhaps the fourth generation means that after 400 years of slavery in Egypt, the children of Israel will take possession of Canaan which GOD gave to the Jewish people for an everlasting possession, and renamed it Eretz Y’Israel, The Land of Israel. Genesis 15.13-16.
And perhaps the children of Israel did not know of Joseph, the eleventh son of Jacob. And how he was carried into Egypt as a slave, and later became Governor of Egypt under Pharaoh. This was God’s will to start the process of Israel becoming a great nation. From Joseph, who later married and had two sons, and because of a great famine in Canaan, Jacob, Joseph’s father, and all his family of 66 people including himself, moved to Egypt. All the will of GOD. And over 430 years, the population of the Jewish people grew to some 3 million in Egypt. Israel had become a great nation as GOD promised.
But the children of Israel saw firsthand, with their own eyes the miracles GOD performed to deliver His people out of Egypt. The plagues that destroyed the Egyptians. They saw with their own eyes how GOD saved the children of Israel from death on the first Passover by the blood of the Passover Lamb. But killed the firstborn of the Egyptians. They saw GOD open the Red Sea, and they crossed o
n dry ground escaping the charging Egyptian armies. And they saw GOD bring the ocean down on the Egyptian armies killing them all. The children of Israel witnessed firsthand the might and power of GOD on their behalf, saving them. Exodus 12.12-13, Exodus 14.22-31.
And the children of Israel saw firsthand how GOD fed them in the wilderness supernaturally with manna and quails from Heaven. And brought water from a rock to satisfy the thirst of 3 million people and their flocks and animals every day.
And at Mt. Sinai, three months after the Exodus out of Egypt, GOD gave the Jewish people the Ten Commandments telling them how to live a Holy and GODly life in the Presence of GOD.
And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with GOD. And they stood at the lowest part of the mountain. And Mt. Sinai was altogether in smoke because The LORD descended on it in fire, and the smoke rose up as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.
And when the sound of the shofar sounded long, and grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and GOD answered him by His Voice. And The LORD came down upon Mt. Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And GOD spoke, and the children of Israel heard Him clearly.
And GOD said, I AM The LORD thy GOD Who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods besides Me. You shall not make for yourself any graven 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 yourself to them, nor serve them. For I The LORD your GOD am a jealous GOD, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation to them that hate Me. And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments. Exodus 20.1-6.
The people clearly heard God Speak to them, “You shall not make for yourself any graven image”.
There are times that GOD tests us with adversity and suffering so we ourselves will know the depth of our faith. Will we sin against GOD during the test? Or will we be patient, and put our faith and trust in GOD knowing that He will always deliver us? And not sin, violating His Laws? Perhaps GOD was testing the children of Israel. EXODUS 20.18-20, HEBREW BIBLE, EXODUS 20.15-18.
When we fear GOD, we do what He says. We obey Him, His Law of Moses, and every Word He speaks. Matthew 4.4. Today, most people don’t fear GOD. They continually sin against GOD, disobeying His Word. The children of Israel apparently did not fear GOD either. They had no patience and sinned. They made an idol and called it god, and they got themselves in a whole lot of trouble with the Lord their God.
Yeshua said, when we have patience, we take control of our life. On the contrary, when we have no patience, we do dumb things like make an idol and call it god. LUKE 21.19
With patience, we take control of our life, we take control of our spirit and mind. Anger doesn’t take over our decisions. We remain cool in the face of difficulty rather than doing something foolish we will regret.
Paul teaches us to be patient in tribulation. Why? So we won’t do anything out of control, and dumb. ROMANS 12.12
Instant in prayer is constantly being in prayer. Good counsel.
So, how can we be patient in tribulation and hardship when there is so much evil in this world? The answer. Have faith in The LORD, and trust Him knowing and believing He will always deliver you in His good timing no matter what the problem may be. PSALM 34.17-19
Remember, righteous means being right with GOD by obeying His Laws written in The Law of Moses.
The Bible is insistent. Wait on The LORD, and He will deliver you. Do not lose patience. PSALM 27.14
Wait in Hebrew is KAH’VAH meaning look patiently, and expect.
Being patient is resting in The LORD. Waiting patiently for Him to deliver you. PSALM 37.7
Rest in Hebrew is DAH’MAHM – meaning be at peace, and wait.
And cease from anger. PSALM 37.8-9, PSALM 40.1-5
Job is an excellent example of patience in the face of grief and adversity. AND PATIENCE ALWAYS REQUIRES OBEDIENCE TO GOD, TO EVERY WORD HE SPEAKS, AND TO HIS LAW OF MOSES. JOB 1.1
Perfect in Hebrew is TAHM – meaning perfect and complete.
I believe being perfect and complete can be explained in the words of Deuteronomy 6.4. Hear O Israel, The LORD our GOD, The LORD is One. Being perfect in the eyes of GOD is obeying GOD. That’s what Hear O Israel means. Obey GOD Israel. Obey His Word, and His Laws written in The Law of Moses. And know and believe there is Only One GOD. The LORD our GOD, The LORD is One. Job was perfect in the sight of GOD, and you too can be perfect in the eyes of GOD.
And Job was upright, he feared GOD, and avoided evil, even during the toughest time in his life. He was patient. Maybe not too happy, but he was patient. He did not sin. JOB 1.1-22
But after the hard test, GOD delivered Job, and blessed him. And GOD will bless you also. JOB 42.10-17
A very important part of patience is your Obedience to GOD, having Faith in Him, Believing Him, Trusting in Him, Knowing He will deliver you from the problem, no matter how serious it might be. And GOD, I believe, will give you the patience and comfort to endure. ROMANS 15.5
Here are some Scriptures that will help you develop your patience. PSALM 9.10, PSALM 18.2, PSALM 31.19, PSALM 32.10, PSALM 37.39-40, PSALM 125.1, PROVERBS 29.25, ISAIAH 26.3, JEREMIAH 17.7-8, NAHUM 1.7
So how do we increase our patience? Obey GOD, every Word GOD speaks. Believe GOD, have Faith in Him, and Trust Him that He will deliver you. Have Patience. Wait on The LORD, and Expect Him to deliver you, and Bless you. And He will.
Shalom, Ira Weinstein