When’s the last time you made up a story to “explain” something stupid you did? Note that I did not ask if you ever did that. Because we all have, we all do.
At this point in Exodus, God has saved the people from Pharoh in Egypt, and led them through the wilderness towards the land of Milk and Honey.
Moses has gone up on the mountain to talk with God, where God gives Moses a bunch of instructions and the 10 Commandments; the actual carved stone tablets that God wrote on.
In the short time that Moses is gone, the Israelites get restless and demand that Moses’ brother Aaron create a “god” for the people to worship.
Aaron’s explanation when Moses returns is an all time classic.
Exodus 32:22-24 says, “Don’t get so upset, my lord,” Aaron replied. “You yourself know how evil these people are. 23 They said to me, ‘Make us gods who will lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.’ 24 So I told them, ‘Whoever has gold jewelry, take it off.’ When they brought it to me, I simply threw it into the fire—and out came this calf!”
…and out came this calf!
Amazing, huh? I mean, POOF…..out came this calf! WOW!
That’s almost as bad as Adam chucking Eve and God under the bus when they ate the forbidden fruit.
We laugh…but don’t we do the same thing?
Today’s reading: Exodus 32:1-34:35
Tomorrow’s reading: Exodus 35:1-36:38