Perhaps there are times when we wonder very simply if God is enough. We may say, "Just give me Jesus," but in reality we may think that we need "Jesus plus." That is, we need something more, like more money, a new significant other, a new home, or a new job. The story of the Israelites bowing down to a golden calf in the wilderness and the subsequent discussion between God and Moses raise the same question, Is God enough?
Other questions emerge, such as: What were the Israelites thinking? What was God thinking? Did God throw a temper tantrum? Can we actually change God's mind? Is the future open? This story might even shatter our preconceived notions that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever in a way that actually brings comfort.
So come to worship Sunday ready to wrestle with the questions that emerge from this highly intriguing story that I will be preaching on. And invite a friend to join you who doesn't have a church home.
They cast in metal a bull calf at Horeb and worshiped the statue they'd made. They traded the Glory for a cheap piece of sculpture-a grass-chewing bull! They forgot God, their very own Savior, who turned things around in Egypt, who created a world of wonders in the Land of Ham, who gave that stunning performance at the Red Sea. Fed up, God decided to get rid of them-and except for Moses, his chosen, he would have. But Moses stood in the gap and deflected God's anger, prevented it from destroying them utterly.
-Psalm 106:19-23, The Message