Week 6  Day 5

Everything God commands
      we will do.
This good intention was short-lived

In Moses' absence
      the resolution of the people 
      did not last forty days.

 
Aaron's role is interesting
Aaron was a helper
      not a leader
In Moses' absence
      he allowed the people to lead

It sounds like Aaron wanted a dual deity
      one tangible golden cow
      one intangible Lord God
Maybe he just wanted to play it safe
      keep everybody happy.
 

                                   THE MOUNTAIN CLIMBER 
        In Moses' absence, God was ignored and replaced.
                                         Exodus 24 and 31

    3Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord. 
All the people answered with one voice, "All the words which
the Lord has said we will do."  4And Moses wrote all the words
of the Lord.  He rose early in the morning, and built an altar at
the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars according to the
twelve tribes of Israel.  5Then he sent young men who offered
burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings to the Lord. 
    6Moses took half the blood and put it in basins, and half
the
blood he sprinkled on the altar.  7Then he took the Book
of
the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people.  And
they
said, "All that the Lord has said we will do."
    12The Lord said to Moses, "Come up to Me on the mountain;
I will give you tablets of stone, and the law and
commandments
which I have written, that you may teach
them."  l3So Moses
arose with his assistant Joshua, and went
up to the mountain
of God.  14He said to the elders, "Wait
here for us until we
come back to you.  Indeed, Aaron and
Hur are with you.  If
any man has a difficulty, let him go
to them."

    15Then Moses went up into the mountain.  16Now the
glory
of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud
covered it six
days.  On the seventh day He called to Moses
out of the midst
of the cloud.  17The sight of the glory of the
Lord was like a
consuming fire.  18Moses went into the midst
of the cloud.
And Moses was on the mountain forty days
and forty nights.

    1When Moses delayed coming down from the mountain,
the people gathered to Aaron, and said, "Come, make us gods
that shall go before us; for this Moses, the man who brought
us up out of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him." 
    2Aaron said to them, "Break off the golden earrings which
are in the ears of your wives, sons, and daughters, and bring
them to me."  3So all the people broke off the golden earrings
and brought them to Aaron. 4He received the gold from their
hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made
a molded calf.  They said, "This is your god, O Israel, that
brought you out of the land of Egypt!"
    5When Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it.  And Aaron
made a proclamation and said, "Tomorrow is a feast to the
Lord."
6Then they rose early on the next day, offered burnt
offerings,
and brought peace offerings, and the people sat
down to eat
and drink, and rose up to play.
                               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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