Today’s Reading: Exodus 32, 33, 34:1-16, 34:27-35
Highlights (actually low lights) of Today’s Reading: While Moses is on Mount Sinai the children of Israel turn to idolatry. Moses breaks the original tablets and God punishes their disobedience. Moses returns to the Mountain and a new set of laws is made. An interesting fact of this story is how Moses’ face would shine as a result of being in the presence of God.
It is surprising how soon they lost respect for God’s laws. It is especially disappointing to see Aaron’s complicity in the sin and his pitiful lie about the gold calf coming out of the fire. The nature of their “worship” suggests some type of immorality (32:6).
In spite of all that God had done they still struggled with their loyalty to God. How were they punished for this sin? How do you account for the fact that Aaron was not punished?