Posted by: bshelley | August 7, 2008

God’s Image


Today’s Verse: Exodus 32:4 He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said, “This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.” NASB

Pretty much anyone who ever passed through a Bible class or Vacation Bible School has probably heard this story. It is seen as a classic of disobedience in the lives of a seeming genetically disobedient people. God had delivered them up from slavery in Egypt and they were waiting, not very patiently, at the base of Mt. Sinai for Moses to come back down. Moses was up there getting the Ten Commandments, but to keep busy in his long absence they decided to get Aaron to fashion a golden calf for them to worship. I was always shocked at how quickly they could forget what God had done for them. A common human failing I am afraid. However, if you take a look at this passage, they merely wanted the golden calf as a visual representation of God to worship and carry around with them. To say that God was displeased is an understatement. He expressed His desire to wipe them out right then and there and start over again. Moses intervened and God relented. The story goes on and is quite interesting. But for today’s devotional thought, I want you to think about the fact that what God was so angry about was that they made any image at all to represent Him. How dare we attempt to make a physical representation of God’s image in our finite understanding? Leave lone representing the Creator by His creation. It was not that they wanted to serve another god, but that they wanted to put God in (or on) a small box. Are we guilty of that? Do we sometimes even mentally minimize God so that we can “get our minds around Him?” Do we attempt to make representations of Him and carry them before us? Let’s resolve to the fact that God is so much bigger, greater and more marvelous that our imaginations even on our best and most creative day can fairly represent. That said, we should as a result not desire to hide our face from such an awesome God, but rather take full advantage of the Throne Room access granted us in Christ. Worship the Lord God Almighty; “singing and make melody with your heart to the Lord” ( Eph. 5:19b).

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-exodus-32_4



  1. How true. You say:

    “Let’s resolve (ourselves) to the fact that God is so much bigger, greater and marvellous than our imaginations even on our best and most creative day, can fairly represent”

    I say:

    Many of God’s blessings, including eternal life, can only be received when we approach God as children.

    All constructs drummed into our adult minds have to broken down (sometimes a painful procedure but well worth the pain).

    God’s reality is incomparably better than anything we can imagine.

    Lord teach us to walk after your precepts – Isaiah 33

  2. Yes. Great imagery of seeking to approach Him as not only “a” child, but His child. Thanks for your comment. Bryan

  3. Hi Bryan, I’m still in the process of trying to figure out who God really is… each time I think I “got it.” He takes me down a different path with many more surprises. As always, your posts cause me to reflect on my relationship with God. God bless you, brother in Christ.

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