Of golden calves and angry gods

So that we are in the same page, I will take time just to remind us of where we stopped when we last reviewed this good book as some oft call it. We ended with god inscribing some tablets with his fingers; the jury is still out on the number of fingers he has. 

How many days has Moses been gone for the sons of Israel to be this impatient?

32 Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us a god who will go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”

To make this god was quite expensive

Aaron said to them, “Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.”

If Aaron was made a priest by god and has been with Moses all these time, how come he doesn’t dissuade the people from making a new god. He goes along with them and makes the god himself. How could this be so easy for one already anointed by god? Did the power or spirit of god desert him at the moment when he would need it the most?

Then all the people tore off the gold rings which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said,

And why does he go over and above what the people have asked of him. All they wanted was a god, all these that Aaron does is of his doing

“This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.” Now when Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord.” So the next day they rose early and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

Whose fault is it that the people have failed to keep the law of god? I think god is guilty.

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go down at once, for your people, whom you brought up from the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves.

When I talk of absurdities, this is what I mean. Why would god ask leave of Moses to smite the people? Is Moses more powerful than god?

The Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, they are an obstinate people.10 Now then let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation.”

And here we see Moses challenging god, telling him to go easy on the people. Tell me, you right thinking citizen, why and how could Moses convince god to change his mind? So is god’s mind changeable and if it is, does he have a material brain like we do. All our thoughts originate from the brain.

11 Then Moses entreated the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?

He is telling god to be sensible and is actually successful at doing it. A few inferences one can make from this situation; god didn’t think things through, he is a mean bastard, men are more sensible than god.

12 Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, ‘With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth’? Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’” 14 So the Lord changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.

Wait a minute, are these the tablets that have the commandments?

15 Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand, tablets which were written on both sides; they were written on one side and the other. 16 The tablets were God’s work, and the writing was God’s writing engraved on the tablets.

There is a parallel here with the story of the prodigal son as narrated in Luke’s gospel. When the eldest son came home, he had songs of joy and when he inquired he became angry and refused to come home. I think, Luke developed his story from these theme. I could be wrong but that is highly unlikely.

17 Now when Joshua heard the sound of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a sound of war in the camp.” 18 But he said,

“It is not the sound of the cry of triumph,
Nor is it the sound of the cry of defeat;
But the sound of singing I hear.”

19 It came about, as soon as Moses came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses’ anger burned, and he threw the tablets from his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain.

What end did Moses want to achieve by making people drinking gold? But before we get there, is gold soluble in water?

20 He took the calf which they had made and burned it with fire, and ground it to powder, and scattered it over the surface of the water and made the sons of Israel drink it.

Is it true that only one family came out to be for the lord? Is it possible in a big population that this distribution is possible? Tell me please

25 Now when Moses saw that the people were out of control—for Aaron had let them get out of control to be a derision among their enemies— 26 then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered together to him.

Since god does not override Moses’ command, we can only assume that he is fully in agreement. And if he is in agreement, what does this make of god? Two, is it possible that all the other families couldn’t fight off the sons of Levi? Please tell me, how sensible is this?

27 He said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Every man of you put his sword upon his thigh, and go back and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and kill every man his brother, and every man his friend, and every man his neighbor.’” 28 So the sons of Levi did as Moses instructed, and about three thousand men of the people fell that day.

Seriously, after killing so many thousands of your brothers, sisters, aunts, friends and so on, where do you get the audacity to dedicate yourselves to the lord?

29 Then Moses said, “Dedicate yourselves today to the Lord—for every man has been against his son and against his brother—in order that He may bestow a blessing upon you today.”

Who is Moses addressing? The sons of Levi or the corpses?

30 On the next day Moses said to the people, “You yourselves have committed a great sin; and now I am going up to the Lord, perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.”

Can we agree this god is not omnipresent? Moses has already punished the people, who is he asking god to forgive? What book is this that god keeps? What is it made of?

31 Then Moses returned to the Lord, and said, “Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves. 32 But now, if You will, forgive their sin—and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!” 33 The Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book. 34 But go now, lead the people where I told you. Behold, My angel shall go before you; nevertheless in the day when I punish, I will punish them for their sin.” 35 Then the Lord smote the people, because of what they did with the calf which Aaron had made.