Hebrews 10:38-39 KJV
“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.  But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
When the boss is out-of-town, the office staff often proves the old adage, “When the cat’s away, the mice will play.”
Compare this story in the Old Testament to the parable in the New Testament:
Exodus 32:1-6 KJV
“And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.  And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.  And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.  And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.  And when Aaron saw it , he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the Lord .  And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.”
Mark 13:34-36 KJV
“For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.  Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:  Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.”
Although the Scripture verses in Mark 13 teach mainly of The Lord’s return, they do also speak of the Believer’s Faithfulness. The Master is away, but He will return. A good servant will still do his duties faithfully even with the masterful eyes not overseeing his actions. The good servant still serves faithfully until the master comes back.
A bad and unfaithful servant however, will not do his duties as he should. In fact, he might even not do them at all. He might even do what he’s not supposed to do as a servant to a particular master. He might steal from his master, or use his master’s home and property for his own purpose. A particularly bad servant will even turn to another master and work for that other master, giving his allegiance away freely. He hopes his old master wouldn’t know of his shenanigans.
Kinda like the Israelites in Exodus 32. Their leader Moses was away for quite sometime on divine appointment, and their faith became fickle. After all that Moses had done for them, after all that Jehovah had done for them, it just took Moses’ absence for them to turn evil and worship a golden calf. They didn’t and couldn’t wait, then they give away their allegiance to a man-made idol. Such foolishness could only destroy them, and it did.
Fickle faith does not please The Lord. Hold firm and remain faithful to The Lord’s Word.
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