Before God delivered His people out of Egypt, he told them that He was going to bless them – for every tear, for every burden, and for every year of oppression. The Israelites helped build the cities of Pithom and Rameses so that Pharaoh could store his treasure. They made mortar and bricks and they did all types of work in the field. It was hard and rigorous yet they were never compensated. Pharaoh used them and never paid them for the work they did. What Pharaoh thought he was laying up for himself in his storehouses were actually being laid up for the children of Israel (Proverbs 13:22). Yes, the Israelites were about to get paid.
And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians and it shall come to pass, that when you go, you shall not go empty (Exodus 3:21).
It took a while, but after the Lord sent the tenth plague – after the death of every Egyptian firstborn (including Pharaoh’s firstborn son), Pharaoh told Moses and the Israelites to get out and because they wanted them to leave their land immediately, they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for.
Let every man borrow (ask) of his neighbor and every woman of her neighbor, jewels of silver and jewels of gold (Exodus 11:2).
In Exodus 32, Moses is on the mount with God. The Israelites thought Moses was taking too long to come down from the mountain and they were tired of waiting on him. That Moses, the man who got us out of Egypt – who knows what’s happened to him? (Some of us still get this way when it seems like God is taking too long to do what He promised or we don’t feel Him or we don’t hear Him).
Even though God had delivered them, brought them through the Red Sea on dry land and drowned their enemies, they still had a problem trusting Someone who they couldn’t see. So, they asked Aaron to make them something that they could see. And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron (Exodus 32:3). After all God had done for them, they took what God gave them and offered it for a golden calf that couldn’t speak to them the way God did, destroy their enemies, deliver them or save them.
They thought Moses had forgotten them when it was actually them who had forgotten God. They forgot to bless the One who had remembered to bless them. I’m sure they had probably thought about all the things they would do with their newfound wealth and yes, God gives us all things to enjoy, but the blessing wasn’t just for them.
Let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them (Exodus 25:8).
This is the offering…gold, and silver, and brass (Exodus 25:3)
Despite their ways, God still loved them and He wanted to live with them, live in them and walk in them. He wanted them to be His people and He wanted to be their God. He wanted a relationship.
After they worshipped the golden calf, God wanted to destroy all of them, but Moses interceded on their behalf and God changed His mind. Although God was angry with them, He told Moses and the people to go to the land that He promised them (Exodus 33:1). He made a promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and He couldn’t take His word back. God is not a man that He should lie. There were going to be consequences for their sin (Exodus 32:34), but they were going to enter the land – because of a promise.
Some of you think that God has forgotten you, but He hasn’t. Has He said, and will He not do it (Numbers 23:19)? Because of a promise, God is going to bless you – for every hurt, every disappointment, every tear. Some of you were even underpaid and treated unfairly on your jobs, but God is going to restore.
And when God does it, don’t forget about Him.
Beware that in your plenty, you don’t forget the Lord and begin to disobey Him (Deuteronomy 8:11, TLB).