Shadowland: Redemption: Week 31
Exodus 32: The Golden Calf
- 32:1 "so long" - literally "shamefully long". "Make us gods" - the people
want something visible to follow. "gathered around" - throughout the
pentatuch this phrase connotes a menacing mob.
- 32:2 Aaron complies, forgetting
- 32:4 "shape of a calf" the Egyptian bull god (forgetting that it was
vaquished in the plagues). As Stephen says a millenium and half later,
"they rejected Him, and in their hearts turned back to Egypt"
- 32:5 "tomorrow a festival to the Lord" - so they were adding
the Egyptian gods to return to a polytheism.
"these are your gods" says Aaron in v4.
- 32:6 paganism leads to immorality
- 32:7 Meanwhile, back on mount Sinai...
- 32:10 God offers to start over with Moses, but Moses once again chooses
to suffer with the people of Israel.
- 32:11 Moses appeals to the grace of God - they were unworthy, but redeemed.
- 32:12 Moses appeals to the glory of God - what would the Egyptians say?
- 32:13 Moses appeals to the faithfulness of God - remember your covenant!
- 32:14 A recurring theme is that God listens when you argue with Him.
- 32:15 A treaty between a king and a vassal had two copies, one for
each party. Each tablet had all 10 commandments, written front and
- 32:17 Joshua was waiting for Moses part way up the mountain.
- 32:19 "breaking them in pieces" - symbolic of the broken covenant.
- 32:22 Blame shifting
- 32:24 Lame excuses ...
- 32:29 Unlike at Shechem, this time Levi kills the revelers at
- 32:33 "Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out.."
- 32:35 All Israel collective suffers for the sin.