And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. Exodus 32:1
Its amazing how rebellious we are as people, here we see the Israelites, who were just led through the Wilderness by God Almighty, who parted the Red Sea, who fed them Bread from Heaven , forgot instantly about God after 40 days
Moses was up on the Mountain for 40 days to commune with God, while the Israelites were committing idolatry with a Golden Calf. What happened? Why did the Israelites fall away so quickly? Its our sinful nature, its our disobedience, its our lack of true faith in God
And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. Exodus 32:2-4
Whats even more shocking, is Aaron, the man who God ordained as the High Priest, listened to the people, and built the Golden Calf for the people to worship. How can this happen? Aaron is the High Priest, hes a righteous man, right? His faith and obedience failed , just like all of us at times. He sought the approval of people rather than God
And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. Exodus 32:5-6
It got even worse, not only did they build a Golden statue to worship, but Aaron then built an altar and proclaimed a Holy Day. This is paganism, just as their surrounding nations have practiced. Israel has become corrupt even before they reached the Promised Land
And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!’ ” Exodus 32:7-8
God warns Moses, your people have already corrupted themselves! The Israelites have already forgotten about Yahweh, forgot about his miracles He performed for them, forgot about His commandments that He gave them.
Many people today are still worshipping The Golden Calf instead of the true Living God. People make their own gods, out of their own image and their own desires. But there is only One God and He was revealed by Jesus Christ (John 14:6) Amen!