The Children of Israel had been slaves in Egypt for 430 years. Moses was sent to rescue and deliver them. They saw the plagues of Egypt and Pharaoh. They saw the miracle of the blood on the doorpost. They saw the Red Sea open and destroy the pursuing enemy as they crossed unharmed. They saw the manna. Then Moses went up to Mt. Sinai to be in front of the Lord and receive the Law. Then Exodus 32:
“When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord.” And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” (32:1-6)
It took forty days to go from the Lord God to a golden calf idol made out of golden jewelry from their slave days. Walking away into idolatry doesn’t take very long sometimes.
Once saved… or only forty days saved. Scary stuff.
“For if you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me.” Jesus