Weed-seeds propagate. There is no need to water them. Weeds have tenacious roots that allow them to survive and thrive. They flower, and the wind carries their seeds all over. Nothing keeps them from getting into cultivated flower beds to wreak havoc. I know from my own experience. My back field was full of weeds. My flower beds had to be weeded or my flowers would have been choked out.
What weed-seeds choke out God’s word in your life? I want to go back to the scene of the golden calf and draw a present day analogy. Moses was delayed. The children of Israel’s fleshly reaction was to take matters into their own hands. Have you noticed that this is their default comfort zone? Exodus 32:1 says, “…Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”
In chapter 29, Aaron and his sons were consecrated before the Lord to minister to Him as priests. Verse 45 said that He would dwell among the children of Israel and be their God. Verse 46 says, “And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them up out of the land of Egypt…”
It is easy for us to judge Aaron. He should have stood up against the people’s demand. In Exodus 32:2 Aaron instructed them to bring him golden earrings. Verse 4 says, “…he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!” Lies propagating lies!
Aaron then declared a feast. They were all making merry when Moses and Joshua were going back down the mountain. Moses confronted Aaron. In verse 22 Aaron lied and blamed the people. In verse 24 he lied. The gold is the ‘it’ “…I cast it into the fire, and this calf came out.” Verse 35 says, “So the Lord plagued the people because of what they did with the calf which Aaron made.”
It is good to consider what weed-seeds our lies have propagated. They will continue to bear fruit until we acknowledge and renounce them. This brings us back to emotional fillers. They are always of our own making. Jeremiah 2:13 says, “For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns–broken cisterns that hold no water.”
‘Golden calves’ are something that we fashion in our mind that usurps God’s place. They are fleshly emotional fillers that we turn to first. Anything we have hewn for ourselves is made of flesh. Like the broken cisterns, our fleshly endeavors hold no water. They are all controlling lies that keep us bound.
John 6:63 says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” Spirit and life versus flesh and empty pursuits. Jeremiah 17:5-6 says that when we trust in our flesh we will be like a shrub in the dry desert. We will not see good when it comes, because we are blinded by self-deception.