[Exo 32:1 KJV] And when the people saw that Moses delayed[H954] 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.
[Jdg 3:25 KJV] And they tarried till they were ashamed:[H954] and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened [them]: and, behold, their lord [was] fallen down dead on the earth.
[Jdg 5:28 KJV] The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot [so] long[H954] in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?
[2Ki 2:17 KJV] And when they urged him till he was ashamed,[H954] he said, Send. They sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but found him not.
[2Ki 8:11 KJV] And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was ashamed:[H954] and the man of God wept.
[Ezr 8:22 KJV] For I was ashamed[H954] to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God [is] upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath [is] against all them that forsake him.
[Ezr 9:6 KJV] And said, O my God, I am ashamed[H954] and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over [our] head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.
[Job 6:20 KJV] They were confounded[H954] because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.
[Psa 25:3 KJV] Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed:[H954] let them be ashamed[H954] which transgress without cause.
Hebrew word used in Exodus 32 concerning Moses’ being 40 days and nights in the mount:
And when the people saw that Moses delayed[H954] 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.
The word “delayed” is :
Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
A primitive root
TWOT Reference: 222
KJV Translation Count — Total: 109x
The KJV translates Strong’s H954 in the following manner: ashamed (72x), confounded (21x), shame (9x), all 2 (inf. for emphasis), confusion (1x), delayed (1x), dry (1x), long (1x), shamed (1x).
Outline of Biblical Usage [?]
to put to shame, be ashamed, be disconcerted, be disappointed
to feel shame
to be ashamed, disconcerted, disappointed (by reason of)
(Piel) to delay (in shame)
to put to shame
to act shamefully
to be ashamed
(Hithpolel) to be ashamed before one another
The word is used to convey disappointment and shame. It has to do with feeling like you believed something, or had quick expectations about something, but it does not happen as you expect, or as soon as you expect. The people acted rashly because their expectations were unfulfilled. They were unfulfilled because they were wrong. I have included several verses using the same root word so it may be clear that “delayed” is only a partial expression in Exodus 32:1. It more completely is seen to be a sense of shame among the crowd at an expectation not being filled as it was hoped or expected.
The parallels with the disciples and Jesus are manifold. Jesus also spoke of going away and coming again quickly. He did, but not in the manner one might expect, so there was a lot of consternation. Moses went up into the mount (ascended on high) to receive “gifts” and instruction for the people. He received far, far more than tables of stone in those forty days and nights. And he came again to convey all he received to the people. It parallels Ephesians 3 and 4, where spiritual gifts intended for all,in the Spirit, are somehow turned into an elite clergy class to lead the people. When Jesus was to be glorified, he left instruction to the disciples to tarry until the were endued with power from on high. When that day was fully come, we find that the Holy Ghost came, and with Him, every endowment and gift necessary for the edifying of the body of Christ.
A good example is found in Luke 24, a snapshot of things at that point in time. Jesus had been crucified, and some were reporting that they found the tomb empty and two men in shining garments who told the people looking for a dead body, “why do you seek the living among the dead?”..”He is risen AS HE TOLD YOU”. But no one believed it.
“And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem [about] threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed [together] and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications [are] these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found [it] even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself…”
Because the expectation about Christ was not according to knowledge, the men were “ashamed” (in the context of Exodus 32:1).
To this day, expectations about Jesus exist that have no basis in knowledge or truth. Because Jesus is no longer visible to the carnal eye, and does not walk about in a corporeal body, the presumption is that He is somewhere far off doing whatever, and will some day decide to make another appearance. The “void” created by this false presumption creates a vacuum that, conveniently, has been filled with clergy and self appointed experts, who will hold the fort for Jesus until He decides to reappear. The problem is, He never left or forsook us. He came expediently on the full day of Pentecost, and so is with us always, even UNTO the end of the age. “As for this Jesus, we don’t know where he went”. Yet, if the Spirit of Christ is in you. Christ is in you. And we will see him AS HE IS. Never again as He was. To be with Him where He is, and behold the glory He had with the Father before the world was is His desire concerning us. And we will be, and we will behold. Let us not be “ashamed” through impatience. Not all of Israel were deceived by Aaron in the matter of Moses and the tables. The sons of Levi had not been caught up in it, and they purged the camp.
The Lord is in His temple now.
Paul described for three years, with tears, what was going to manifest itself. It came to a head in Acts 20.
The dividing of His raiment and appointing, by lot, someone to assume His mantle is prophetic. Only the Holy Ghost in you fills that role. He is not dead. He is not gone. he has no replacement or “vicar”. He is:
“One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all”. (all being His people, His body…not humanity at large…not a cult of clergy…ALL…)
Psalm 133 is also prophetic, wherein the unity of faith binds the body in the Spirit…the “ointment”…which flows to every part, bypassing the linen garment of priesthood, making us one in the Lord. Careful consideration of the significations of Psalm 133 teach that there is no possibility of dividing up the Spiritual garment or subdividing it. The Lord is in you. There is no place for mediators.
[[A Song of degrees of David.]] Behold, how good and how pleasant [it is] for brethren to dwell together in unity!
[It is] like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, [even] Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, [and as the dew] that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, [even] life for evermore.