OH, OH! What are the people doing now? They are praying to a calf! Why are they doing this? When Moses stays up on the mountain for a long time, the people say: ‘We do not know what has happened to Moses. So 1et’s make a god to lead us out of this land.’
‘All right,’ Moses’ brother Aaron says. ‘Take off your gold earrings, and
bring them to me.’ When the people do so, Aaron melts them down and makes a
golden calf. And the people say: ‘This is our God, who led us out of Egypt!’
Then the Israelites have a big party, and worship the golden calf. When Jehovah
sees this, he is Very angry. So he says to Moses: ‘Hurry and go down. The
people are acting Very badly. They have forgotten my laws and are bowing down
to a golden calf.’ Moses hurries down the mountain. And when he gets close,
this is what he sees. The people are singing and dancing around the golden
calf! Moses is so angry that he throws down the two ﬂat stones with the laws on
them, and they break into many, many pieces. He then takes the golden calf and
melts it down. Then he grinds it into powder.
The people have done a very bad thing. So Moses tells some of the men to
take their swords. ‘The bad people who worshiped the golden calf must die,’
Moses says. And so the men strike dead 3,000 people! Doesn’t this show that we
need to be careful to worship only God, and not any false gods?