He collected them and tied them up in a cloth. Then he made a metal image of a bull calf, and the people declared, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf. Then Aaron announced, “Tomorrow will be a festival to the LORD!” (Exodus 32:4-5 CEB)
I wonder at what point in this story Aaron realized he had colossally screwed up. I hope this is one of those things Moses and Aaron laughed about in their old age, if they were even still speaking to each other.
Can we take what is profane and make it acceptable to YHWH? Today we are diminishing the lines between sacred and secular, recognizing that Creator made human life to be lived, and is present in all things. We rarely draw a line between Christian and secular music or art anymore, at least in Canada. We sing along to U2, KD Lang, Sting and REM in worship.
The difference is, we do not worship the secular, we direct it to its right place, worshipping God. There is a difference between worshipping a calf and declaring it your god, and building a calf and offering to to God.
So I said to them, ‘Whoever has gold, take it off!’ So they gave it to me, I threw it into the fire, and out came this bull calf!” (Exodus 32:24 CEB)
Wow. Does this even require comment? I actually laughed out loud when I read that line, even more so than the frogs *titter*. It’s one of those “It sounded better in my head” moments. How desperate Aaron must have been.
Day 22: Exodus 32-34
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