And Aaron received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!” So when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow is a feast to the LORD”(Exodus 32:4-5).
When Moses didn’t come down from Mt Sinai as expected, the Jews demanded Moses’ brother make us gods that shall go before us (Exodus 32:1). Aaron didn’t adopt Egyptian paganism, but declared the calf as a symbol of Jehovah. He combined the traditional pagan religion of Egypt familiar to Israel with the worship of the One true God. It was an acceptable compromise to please idolaters while Aaron could claim faithfulness to Jehovah.
God doesn’t compromise, and sent Moses scurrying down the mountain. When…
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