Mentioned in Exodus 32 and I Kings 12 in the Old Testament, worship of the golden calf is seen as a supreme act of apostasy, the rejection of a faith once confessed. The figure is probably a representation of the Egyptian bull god Apis in the earlier period and of the Canaanite fertility god Baal in the latter.
What is the lesson of the golden calf?
The Bible tells us that after the Israelites make the golden calf, God tells Moses to “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt.” God doesn’t say my people, but your people.
Why did Moses break the Ten Commandments?
According to the foregoing, Moses wished to punish the Israelites severely, when he beheld that they were unworthy of the precious gift he carried. By their rash deed they had broken the covenant between them and their Father in heaven. He therefore broke them at the foot of the mount in front of them.
Where is the golden calf now?
Leon Levy, a New York City businessman, has provided financing for the dig from the beginning. When testing and research is complete, the calf will probably be turned over to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Who is Yahweh?
Yahweh, name for the God of the Israelites, representing the biblical pronunciation of “YHWH,” the Hebrew name revealed to Moses in the book of Exodus. The name YHWH, consisting of the sequence of consonants Yod, Heh, Waw, and Heh, is known as the tetragrammaton.
What was so special about the Levites?
The Levites were one of the most important tribes of Israel because they were the tribe responsible for the religious leadership of the Jews. Jacob, who took on the responsibility of the priesthood because of the importance of Moses and Aaron to the Israelites, was the sort of patriarch to the Levites.
What can we learn from the book of Exodus?
Exodus – From Egypt to the Promised Land
The book details the escape from Egypt to the creation of the nation of Israel. The book is full of God’s communication with one man in particular, Moses. Throughout the book of Exodus God imparts great wisdom to Moses who tries and tries to pass this wisdom on to the people.