And Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you that you have brought such a great sin upon them?” And Aaron said, “Let not the anger of my lord burn hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil. For they said to me, ‘Make us gods who shall go before us. 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.’ So I said to them, ‘Let any who have gold take it off.’ So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.” Exodus 32:21-24 ESV
Hear my prayer, O Lord;
give ear to my pleas for mercy!
In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
Enter not into judgment with your servant,
for no one living is righteous before you. Psalm 143:1-2 ESV
The sink in the bathroom of Calvin’s house was leaking, and Calvin thought it would be a good idea to fix it. He got some of his dad’s tools and went to work. But Calvin really didn’t know anything about fixing a sink, and he ended up with a huge mess of water spraying everywhere and flooding the bathroom. His angry father soon came into the bathroom. Calvin tried to lie to his father. First he said that the spraying water had started all by itself. Then he said that his stuffed tiger, Hobbes, had done it. Finally he said that big, bug-eyed aliens with tentacles had come and caused the problem. Each of these reasons was sillier than the one before. None of them got him out of trouble with his dad.
When Moses asked his brother Aaron how he could have allowed the people of Israel to get so out of control in singing and dancing to an idol, and how he could have made the golden calf for them to worship, Aaron told a lie that was just as foolish as Calvin’s lies. He said that he had taken the gold and thrown it into the fire, and that the calf had come out of the fire all by itself. How silly! It was an excuse that wouldn’t fool anyone.
Sometimes when we are afraid of getting into trouble, we might tell lies like Calvin and Aaron did. We do this because we don’t want to be punished for what we did wrong. Most of the time parents and teachers know when we are lying, and we get into worse trouble than we would have otherwise. It’s always better to tell the truth. When we talk to God, it’s especially silly to lie. God knows everything, and there’s nothing we can hide from him. But there’s another reason it’s really foolish to lie to God. We don’t have to be afraid that he will punish us for our sins. He sent Jesus, who took the punishment for our sins onto himself at the cross. When we know we have done something wrong, we can go to God and tell him the truth. Because of Jesus, we can always be sure that he will forgive us and help us.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to be our Savior. Please forgive us our sins for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Watterson, Bill Weirdos from Another Planet! Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1990. p.81.