The Problem with the Golden Calf Story

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Not true - the people knew

No excuses - they heard the commandments. Moses was not on the mountain in Exodus 20 until the end of the chapter. He was down with the people when God spoke the Ten Commandments. Everyone heard and they were afraid, they told Moses about their fear and that is when Moses went up the mountain.

Lee more than 1 year ago

Out of Egypt and Finding What is Right

The Golden Calf represented both the Good Life (sirloin, rib eye) and the gods worshiped in Egypt. So they know better than to worship it before the Ten Commandments. They had just come from Egypt and it was full of idols of every sort. They knew from Abraham there was only one God and not to worship idols.

We need to be careful not to compare God's righteous judgment with that of terrorists. Those worshiping the pagan idol and those living out immorality of all manner received their just reward from God. We cannot tell God what is just, for He knows. It is we that need to take our sense of justice and morality from God. When we play by God's rules we bring honor to Him and He will reward His faithful servants. God's grace was shown by those who were guilty, but spared when Moses call them to turn from their sin, including his brother Aaron.

Skipper Anding more than 2 years ago

Herein lies...

Herein lies the Gordian Knot of Bilblical interpretation; is God's authority invested in his Word or in my interpretation of it?

Charles Whatley more than 2 years ago

God's righteous judgement

Well said, Skipper Anding. God made man in HIS image. We do not make God in OUR image.

Wanda Scofield more than 2 years ago

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