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By Jonathan B. Coe, Crisis Magazine, October 19, 2018

After Moses had been up on Mount Sinai for forty days and forty nights, the children of Israel had grown impatient and asked Aaron to make them a god to lead them on their journey through the wilderness (Ex. 32). Aaron complied and took all the earrings from the wives and daughters and fashioned a golden calf with an engraving tool.

Upon completion of the calf, the people cried out and identified it as the god who brought them out of Egypt and Aaron built an altar before the calf and proclaimed, “Tomorrow is a feast of the Lord.” The next day the people offered holocausts and peace offerings, and then, after sitting down, they ate and drank and later rose up and engaged in sexual revelry (I Cor. 10:7).

Yahweh tells Moses of their depraved behavior and declares that he wants to wipe them off the face of the earth and build a new nation starting with Moses. Moses intercedes for the people and God “relents of the punishment he had threatened to inflict on the people” (Ex. 32:14)…..Read entire article, go to: