The Golden Calf (Exodus 32:1-9, 19-26)

32 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods[a] who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”

Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods,[b] Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.” So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’

“I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people.

19 When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. 20 And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.

21 He said to Aaron, “What did these people do to you, that you led them into such great sin?”

22 “Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil. 23 They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.’ 24 So I told them, ‘Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off.’ Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!”

25 Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies. 26 So he stood at the entrance to the camp and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me.” And all the Levites rallied to him.

The Isrealites in Exodus are a great example of how all Christians can be at times. Verse 1 shows us the Isrealites were quick to give up on God, just because their leader was a little behind schedule. They swiftly turned their backs on God and went to earthly things, even after God led them out of Egypt, led them by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, and made food fell from the sky! With our sinful nature we have since birth, we can also quickly be swayed to partake in the tings of the world whenever something goes wrong. We quickly  forget all the blessings dos has given us and forsake Him.

Beginning in verse 19, Moses returns and takes control of the situation, destroying the idol completely. This is something every person that finds that they have been lured away from God’s path should do- remove what ever is pulling us away from God out of our lives. Mark 9:47 tells us

“if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,”

It’s important for all Christians to remove anything that distracts us from God in order to keep God’s path of righteousness.

AT the end of all this, Moses asks for the people faithful to the Lard to come to him, and the Levites ran forward. But I wonder- where were they when the Isrealites turned from God? Why didn’t they do anything to stop their brothers and sisters? This can remind us to always try to speak up  and try to  help our brothers and sisters? This can remind us to always try to speak up and try to help our brothers and sisters in Christ after they have strayed away from God. The Bible says

if one falls down, his friend can help him up.”

We should always be there for our Christian brothers and sisters in Christ after they have strayed away from our Christian friends who fall away, as well as not be ashamed to talk to other Christians about our stumbles.

As we read about the Isrealites in the Bible, remember not to laugh of scoff at their behavior, rather check your own heart to see if you find their qualities in your heart, and if so, make sure you remove that before you stumble.

God bless!!

~Lillian ❤

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5 thoughts on “The Golden Calf (Exodus 32:1-9, 19-26)

  1. Debby says:

    This is so good and so true, Lillian. I like your advice at the end, “check your own heart to see if you find their qualities in your heart, and if so, make sure you remove that before you stumble.”

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