Exodus – Chapter 32: The Golden Calf

At the end of Exodus 31 Moses received two stone tablets with God’s laws on them.  Exodus 32 brings as a golden calf and a very angry Moses!

“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 who will go before us.’” – Exodus 32:1

How long was Moses on the mountain?  No, there’s no way this happened.  This is like the South Park episode where the people started eating each other after a few hours being trapped in a building.  This is written in as part of the story to push an agenda.  If I’m waiting for someone to meet me, I don’t just give up and make other gods to worship!

“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, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’” – Exodus 32:2-4

This would make more sense if a random Israelite made a golden calf, not Aaron.  Aaron was speaking for Moses in earlier chapters, teaching the people about God.  Aaron would not suddenly give up after a few days and start melting jewelry into a golden calf.  Again, this is an attempt by the authors to push their own agenda.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt.’” – Exodus 32:7

If God knows this from the mountain, then God can see all.  That means he sees women and children being murdered and raped and does NOTHING to stop it.  But build a golden calf and God is all over your ass.

“Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them.” – Exodus 32:10

The Lord is going to kick some ass now!  Moses, however, steps in and stops the Lord’s ass kicking.

“Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.” – Exodus 32:14

Moses, a mere mortal man, was able to change the mind of the all-powerful Lord.  Tell me then, how powerful is the Lord if His mind can so easily be changed?

“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.” – Exodus 32:19

Moses just destroyed God’s covenant.  Who will God be madder at?  Moses? Or the people worshiping the golden calf?  Something tells me Moses will walk away with no punishment.

“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.” – Exodus 32:20

I don’t think drinking gold can be good for anyone’s health!  However, it does show Moses being a bad ass.  It would be great to see a movie made with Moses shattering the golden calf, mixing the gold with water, and grabbing each Israelite by the back of the hair yelling “Drink it BITCH!!!”  Now that’s a movie I’m willing to watch!

“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.” – Exodus 32:26

Who are these people that so quickly change their minds?  Are they people, or cats running in whichever direction they hear a can opener running?

“Then he said to them, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’’ The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died.” – Exodus 32:27-28

WTF?!?!  God’s solution is for the people to kill each other?  All God has to do is speak, but instead He allows 3,000 people to die a bloody death!

“The Lord replied to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book.’” – Exodus 32:33

Christians should remember this when they think about their amazing afterlife in Heaven each time they mow the lawn on Sunday after church.

“And the Lord struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.” – Exodus 32:35

Killing 3,000 people wasn’t enough.  God also sends down a plague to punish the people.  This is the loving God Christians worship.  A God who kills and kills and kills and kills…well, you get the point.

Exodus 32 brought us an angry God and an even angrier Moses.  The people made a golden calf, but immediately started worshipping God again.  God however kills many people and because that wasn’t enough, sends down a plague to kill even more.

Coming Soon:  Exodus – Chapter 33:  Moses and the Glory of the Lord

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