Fueled by ignorance, shamelessness, a short memory, and old religious assumptions from the place of their former captivity, the Israelites rushed headlong into one of the most remarkable displays of indiscretion in the Bible.
It’s easy to criticize the Israelites.
But we also tend to worship what we can touch and easily manage.
Even while we are basking in the light of revelation from God, we can be drawn back into the familiar and the comfortable.
We need to be vigilant against subtle idolatries and human religious instincts.
God has called us into an entirely new way of life.
Remember, God's wrath against the golden calf.