Moses and the Golden Calf – Exodus 32
In another story we learned how the LORD God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. Moses was up in the mountain for a long time, and when he didn’t come back down, the people went to Aaron and said “You make us gods that will go before us, because we don’t know what has become of Moses, the man who brought us out of Egypt.”
Aaron told them to take the earrings from their wives, from their sons, and from their daughters and bring them to him, and so the people did that and brought everything to Aaron. Aaron made a calf out of the melted gold, and the people said that this was the god of Israel. Then Aaron built an altar and announced that the next day there would be a feast to the LORD. The next morning the people got up early, and made offerings. They ate and drank and played.
Then the LORD told Moses to “Go, get down, for your people have quickly turned away from my commandments and have made a melted calf, and have worshipped it and made sacrifices to it, and said that it was their god. These are stubborn people, and so leave me alone so my anger will be against them, and I will make of you a great nation.”
But Moses pleaded with the LORD his God, and so the LORD changed his mind about doing anything to the people of Israel.
Moses went down from the mountain carrying the stone tablets which had the ten commandments written on them, which had been written by God. And Moses and Joshua heard singing as they approached the camp. When Moses saw the golden calf and the people dancing, he became very angry and he threw the tablets out of his hand and broke them. He took the calf and burned it in the fire, and ground it to powder and mixed it with water, and made the people of Israel drink it.
Aaron told Moses everything that had happened, and then Moses stood up and said “WHO IS ON THE LORD’S SIDE? Let him come to me.” And the sons of Levi came to Moses. And the children of Levi, according to what Moses told them, killed about three thousand men that day.
After that Moses returned to the LORD, and asked the LORD to forgive the people, but the LORD told Moses that the people would be plagued because of the golden calf.
Memory Verse: Exodus 32:26 “…Who is on the LORD’s side? let him come unto me.”
1 Why did the people want Aaron to make them a god? Answer: Because Moses was up the mountain for a long time and the people did not know what had happened to him.
2 What did the people do when Aaron made the calf? Answer: They worshipped the calf instead of worshipping the LORD God
3 What did Moses do when he saw the calf? Answer: He broke the tablets from the LORD burned the calf and ground it to powder, mixed it with water and made the people drink it.
4 What did Moses ask the people? Answer: He said “Who is on the LORD’s side?”
5 When Moses returned to the LORD what did Moses ask Him? Answer: He asked the LORD to forgive the people