Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron and said to him, “Come, make a god that will go before us, for 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.” Bible see other translations

“a god.” The Hebrew word Elohim can be “gods” or “a god.” Aaron made the people a god, so that translation seems best here. However, it is possible that eventually they might have wanted more gods.

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Video expand/contractThe Golden Calf (1:05:05) (Pub: 2022-11-15)

Israel had been out of Egypt for a month and a half when they came to Mount Sinai and made a covenant with God that they would be His people and obey Him and the laws He gave, and He would choose them out of all the nations on earth to be his people. But while Moses was on the mountain for 40 days, the people approached Aaron and convinced him to make a golden calf god that would lead them into the Promised Land. This teaching covers the record of the making of that god, the interactions that occurred after it was made, and the many life lessons in this passage.

Verses: Exod. 19:3-5; 24:4-8; 31:18; 32:1-35

Teacher: John Schoenheit

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Commentary for: Exodus 32:1