When the people say 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. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt we don’t know what happened to him (Exodus 32;1).
Forty years earlier, the people of Israel have seen it all. They had heard the thunder and saw the lightning, the smoke billowing up from the mountain and Mount Sinai trembling. They saw Moses climb up to the peak, and the glory of God looking like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. So, where did they go wrong? How could they have been so fragile and been convinced to build a golden cow?
The Bible tells us that out of the Israelites needs a golden path, God tells Moses to go down, because your people, whom you have brought out of Egypt, have become corrupt. God doesn’t say my people but your people. the Midrash (rabbinic interpretation of scripture) these people who became corrupt, and who were corrupting the rest of the nation, we’re part of the “many other people” (Exodus 12:38) who joined the Israelites during the exodus from Egypt just months prior people that Moses accepted into the nation without advising with God.
According to rabbinical tradition m these rabble-rousers didn’t just mislead the nation at Mount Sinai. There were multiple times in the Israelites journey to the Holy LANs when they called to return to Egypt or craved for physical desires, such as in Numbers 11:4. “The rabble with them began to crave other food,’ trying to bring the whole of the nation down with them.
But these were a minority, and they shouldn’t have been able to overcome a large people. If this were only the truth. How many times have we been witness to a small minority of people, or people with a minority opinion, take over their country and running it into the ground. How many people found themselves just “following order”! Unfortunately, there are too many examples to list.
It’s happening today, right under our noses, and it’s not even recognized.
We don’t know why the Israelites has such a weak moment. But the fact is that they did – and with all due respect to them, this is perfectly normal it can happen to anyone,
Therefore it’s vital to set up fall-safe boundaries, so we know where the line is between good and evil and we can stop our deterioration before it gets out of hand. We need to protest against the minority- as small as it may be. Better yet we may draw it closer through love and turn the bad into the good.
I just hope it’s not to late for our nation.
The lesson of the golden calf is not just one for our state or our people or our religion, but a lesson for each and everyone of us. Sometimes we are too busy looking for the enemy from the outside. But more often the enemy is from within- more precise from within ourselves.
What characteristic do we have inside us that is waiting for the right mommy to completely take over, I think the last few years as been an eye-opener for most people. It maybe a desire, it may be a craving or just a weak trait that people have,
We need to be strong in faith and not heed to the call of evil inclination. For when Moses calls “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me,’ let us do as the Levites did, rallying around him and declaring that we are God’s true servants.
Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with sure fire easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fake for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life – to God is vigorous and requires total attention.
Straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and there will be few that find it. (Matthew 7:14).