The very beginning of our passage jumped out at me today....
"The Lord said to Moses, "See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you:”
Exodus 31:1-6 ESV
God gave specific gifts to specific men in order for them to skillfully complete their work for God's glory. He still does this today. We are stewards of the gifts we have been given by God - we should identify them and them work diligently to hone those skills to the best of our ability in order to glorify Him.
The scene where Aaron tries to excuse the calf building "it just came out that way!" Would be laughable if it wasn't so serious. It was a reminder to me of our tendency to justify anything we get caught doing wrong instead of being willing to confess our sin, take responsibility for our sinful choice, and turn from it.
The resulting judgment was a reminder that at some point we have to get off the fence and decide which side we're on, and act accordingly.
Quite a lot going on in our passage today, and I didn't even touch on our NT passage - feel free to comment with your thoughts!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Exodus 34-35; Matthew 22:23-46