Close to the LORD = Far from Sin • Exodus 32

ou’ve probably heard this adage before, “the closer you are to the Lord the further you are from sin.” It works the other way around too. The closer you are to sin the further you are from the Lord. We see this played out in Exodus 32. The majority of the Israelites asked Aaron to make them a god, an idol out of all of their gold jewelry, because they didn’t want to wait for Moses to come down from the mountain. Joshua had followed Moses up to the mountain, so he wasn’t there for all the craziness and sin. This was a pattern for Joshua, he went close to the Lord as often as he could. Joshua would become the one chosen by God to lead the Israelites into the promised land, and it all started with him learning this truth. “Close to the Lord equals far from sin.

-Joey Alcala, Assistant Pastor