When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” Aaron said to them, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a festival to the LORD.” They rose early the next day, and offered burnt offerings and brought sacrifices of well-being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel. The LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’” (Exodus 32:1-8, NRSV)
I love this passage for the shear engineering aspects of creating a golden calf out of gold in the desert. I mean what kind of tools did they have?
But more to the point of the passage for this week.
The people saw Moses go up the mountain to have time with God and when he didn’t return in the amount of time they saw fit, they gave up on him.
How easily we give up things we can not see, or do not fit our understanding.
We want everything to be our way, now. But that is not how it happens.
God works in strange and mysterious ways and on His own time-table.
So trust in God and don’t fall away, even if His timing is slower than you would like, His plan is perfect.