Old Testament Bible Lesson Thirty-Six: Moses Intercedes for a Rebellious People

God delivered Israel from bondage in Egypt. He brought them through the Red Sea. What was the reaction of Israel? Were they thankful? Did they walk in the ways of the Lord? Sadly, no, for while Moses was in the mount, they transgressed against the goodness of God. Sin is no light thing, for the Lord is “of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1:13). How had they rebelled against the goodness of God? They came to Aaron and had him make an image – a golden calf – to represent the living God. This act violated God’s command in Exodus 20:4 – “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”

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