Exodus 30 – Exodus 32
Wow, there is a lot to unpack in Chapter 32 alone!
- Moses seems to be gone forever.
- The people probably think he died up on the mountain.
- The seek Aaron’s guidance in revealing their “gods”
- The Golden Calf is made.
- God get’s mad!
- God wants to destroy the people.
- Moses gets mad!
- Moses destroys the Golden Calf, and breaks the tables of stone.
- There is mass slaughter among the people.
- Moses goes back up the mountain to start this process all over again!
Talk about drama. If this were live action, we’d all be sitting at the edge of our seats to see what would happen next. Some quick observations / questions:
Why didn’t Aaron get punished? Shouldn’t he have known better? Shouldn’t he have guided the people back to God when they started asking for another “god” to worship? He was priest and leader after all. One would think he would have known better. But no . . . he goes right along with it. “These are your gods” he cries out (v. 4) and then later implies “I had nothing to do with it. It just came out of the fire.” As if! Come on Aaron you should have known better. Yet, there is no punishment for Aaron, how odd.
How about God’s emotions?
God says to Moses: “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely . . . now let me alone so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, and of you I will make a great nation.”
Then, in response, Moses says wait a minute God, these are your people. Your promise. This is on you! I love it. Mild, timid Moses. The one who pleaded with God, ” I am not eloquent in my speech,” takes on God! Way to go Moses!
And one of my favorite verses in scripture (in the weird and gross category)
“He took the Calf that they had made, burned it with fire, ground it to powered, scattered it on the water, and made the Israelites drink it!
Good stuff! Yummy!
What a chapter! Keep reading on with me. Next up Exodus 33-35.