“So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron.”
More than a month before this event, Moses had ascended Mount Sinai, disappearing into the thick smoke. As the weeks passed, the people began to believe Moses must have died. In their fear and confusion, they approached Aaron, seeking spiritual counsel. They realized they needed a worship service. However, their time in Egypt had left them very confused about who God really is. Aaron instructed them to bring financial gifts, then he made a god they could worship. The cost of their sinful activity was great.
The initial cost of their sin was financial. They took of their gold and gave it away; sin always has a financial cost. Even so, this was not the highest price they paid for their sin. Their sin also had a moral cost. It was not long before their false worship led to bad behavior. What began as a worship service, soon became a wild party with drinking and sexual misbehavior. The people who were chosen by God, to be blessed by God, found themselves under the judgment of God, due to their actions. Sin had a very high price tag that day, and people actually died as a result of their disobedience.
The final cost of sin is even greater than the cash that comes out of our pockets, or the lives that are ruined by it. Paul declared the ultimate cost of sin is death.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The Bible speaks of two deaths. The first is physical; defined as the spirit being separated from the body. The second is spiritual; defined as a person being separated from God. When we live apart from Christ, we live separated from God. To die in that condition is to suffer eternal judgment.
The great promise of the Gospel is that NO ONE has to live or die separated from God. Christ came to set us free from sin and give us eternal life. Christ paid the cost for our sin on the cross. To receive Him is to have your account paid in full.