WHAT’S GOLD, SHAPED LIKE A BULL CALF, AND A BIG MISTAKE?

How are you doing? I caught myself several days this week believing that something I did in the morning was something I had done two days before. Days are sure blurring together at this stage in the pandemic! I’m thankful that Sunday is still a day of rest and  a day to worship God, even though we’re still very much at home here in Seattle. Please join me for a Bible story!

Click on the link to hear a story from Exodus, chapter 32. Pick a question or two to think about or talk over with a friend, and then hear what Sophie and Timley have to say about it!

Did anything in this story surprise you? What did you hear?
We learned in “Moses’ Snakes” that God miraculously helped the Israelites escape from slavery in Egypt. There is a lot more to that story! The Red Sea parted to allow the people cross on dry land, God provided water from a rock and food called Manna from heaven.

In previous chapters, the people had told Moses that they would always listen to God and obey him. Does that help explain why God and Moses were so furious with the Israelites?

Why do you think that Aaron, Moses’ brother and a leader of the people, gave in so quickly to the people and do what they wanted him to do? If you were one of the Israelites and your leader had disappeared on a mountain for forty days and nights, how would you be feeling? Keep in mind all the miracles that you would have seen AND maybe how scary it would be to be wandering through a dry wilderness with no stores, restaurants, water, or houses. Do you think they should still have trusted God? Why or why not?

What did Aaron tell Moses about the golden calf that the people were worshiping? Do you think Moses believed him? Why do you think Aaron was telling him the truth?

Aaron built an altar and arranged for burnt offerings and “well-being sacrifices,” along with a “festival to the LORD.” God has taught the Israelites to worship him in these ways. Why do they make him so angry now? Does this tell us anything about the difference between being “spiritual” and worshiping Jesus?

Now let’s hear from Sophie and Timley. What have they got to say about it?
Sophie Topfeather (watching Timley wave his toothpick sword madly back and forth): Timley! What on earth are you doing?

Timley Mouse: Take that! And that! You sinful, stubborn Israelite!

Sophie (looking alarmed): Timley!
Timley: I’m a Levite! God used the tribe of the Levites to punish the people who had sinned so badly. They really got it (with a paw, Timley made a slicing motion across his throat and then slumped over).

Sophie (covering her eyes with a wing): Stop! Stop!

Timley: Aye, aye matey! I’m sorry. God was really unhappy with them, and about 3000 of them died at Moses’ command.

Sophie: Was there anything that they could do to get right with God again? I mean, we make mistakes and sin against God sometimes, too! Can we get right with God?

Timley: Moses spoke to God and begged him to forgive them. I don’t know for sure what happened to those people, but I DO know that the Bible says in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” He’s got us covered!
Author’s Note: Sophie and Timley are characters from a novel for kids ages 8-12, Sophie’s Quest, by Sonja Anderson. Watch for a new edition coming soon from Brimstone Fiction.

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About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and short stories for children, and occasionally a book or article for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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