THEY LAID DOWN Their ARMOR
by David Wilkerson
"And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had
made them naked unto their shame among their enemies then
Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the
Lord's side? Let him come unto me" (Exodus 32:25-26).
The Hebrew word used here for naked is para, meaning "to loosen,
expose, dismiss." It also implies "a new beginning."
A modern beer commercial admonishes this generation to "turn
it loose tonight." It simply means to throw off past moral inhibitions,
shake free of all law, begin pleasing yourself. Do your own thing,
whatever makes you happy.
Merely taking off their clothes was not corruption; it was the signal,
the message they were sending to the heathen looking on. Can
you see the Amalakites on the surrounding mountains, far off,
looking on this peculiar scene? These enemies, who had trembled
when they saw God at work among them, now laughed and mocked,
"Look at them. They are just like us! Their God has no power. They
don't even trust in Him! They want to lust and party and play just
like all the rest of us. What hypocrisy!"
In that one act of nakedness they belittled their God in the eyes of
the ungodly! They made God seem heartless, cruel, uncaring and
helpless. They besmirched the honor and majesty of an omnipotent
God. They were no longer an example, no longer admired or feared
They had laid their armor down to party! They put in jeopardy God's
plans for their salvation. They were saying to the world, "We don´t
want to fight any more enemies! We don´t want to resist! We have
had enough of rejection, of sacrifice, of future hopes and far-off
blessings. We want to live now! We want to enjoy ourselves! We
want the good times to roll."
The corruption was this: This was to be their new beginning. No
more combat! If they were going to have to exist in a hard, cruel
wilderness, then they would quit the struggle and make do the
best they could-on their own.
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