Ki Tisa – When you take
- Exodus 30:11-34:35
- 1 Kings 18:1-39
- 2 Corinthians 3:1-18
Paul, a bond-servant of Messiah Yeshua…Romans 1:1 NASB
Why was Elohim so upset with Israel when they built the golden calf? Didn’t He just rescue them from slavery so that they could be free? Weren’t they just expressing their freedoms and human beings and individuals? Doesn’t His and Mosheh’s anger seem a little two-faced?
For believers, the answer is an easy, “No!” But for the rest of the world these are difficult questions. What right does HaShem have to tell the Israelites not to worship another god? The answer lied in Romans 1:1. They were no longer slaves or bond-servants to Pharaoh, but they had become bond-servants to HaShem.
Was this new position simply because they were plunder in the war between Pharaoh and HaShem, or was it something else? When exactly did they become servants of the Most High?
During the first chapters of Exodus as HaShem takes on the gods of Egypt the people were property of Pharaoh alone. They had no choice to choose how to worship, what occupation to have, or even if they could continue living. All power over their lives had been given into the hands of Egypt. As HaShem worked to free them it was this hold over their lives He was working to break. At the crossing of the Red Sea the final victory was won. Pharaoh’s power had broken. He could no longer rule over the Israelites in any way. They were free. The, for the first time since their captivity began, could go wherever they pleased, could worship any god they wanted, in whatever way they wanted. That freedom was bought for them by HaShem.
The people used this freedom and chose to follow Mosheh to Sinai. There a contract was drawn up. Simply put, HaShem told them:
You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.Exodus 19:4-6 NASB
At this point, the people were free. They could still choose which way they would go. Into the freedom of the world, or enter the protection of the Elohim who worked to save them from Egypt, the same Elohim that their forefathers knew and trusted. The made their decision that same day.
All the people answered together and said, ‘All that HaShem has spoken we will do!’ And Mosheh brought back the words of the people to HaShem.Exodus 19:6 NASB
It was at this point they willingly entered into a new kind of bondage. Not one of fear with threats of death, but one of safety, protection, and blessing. It was for this reason that HaShem was justified in His anger just 40 days later when the people rebelled and attempted to get out from under the covenant they had just established.
So, an interesting way to look at the timeline perhaps. But why does it matter? Consider that we ourselves are in the exact same position as they. We were slaves to sin. Unable to choose any direction but death. Everything we did was chosen for us. Messiah’s death and resurrection changed that for us. We were free. Able to choose, able to find another way. So we, like ancient Israel, chose to bind ourselves to the one who saved us, Yeshua HaMashiach.
It should, therefore, be no surprise to us that when we break the covenant His anger shows quickly in our lives. Why does it seem that the world gets away with anything without punishment, while ours is swift? It is because we have willingly chosen to be bond-servants to Melech HaOlam – the King of the Universe. Despite the freedom purchased by Messiah, the world has chosen to remain tied in their bondage to the Pharaoh of this world. May we who have chosen to become bond-servants of Messiah, through the correction and change in our lives, show others the freedom we have in being slaves.