15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.
16 And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
17 And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.
18 And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.
19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.
20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Moses came down from the mount bearing two tables graven on both sides (by the finger of God) with the testimonial. He and Joshua heard the noise from the camp. Joshua mistook the sounds for the sound of war, but Moses recognized that they were singing.
When Moses reached the camp and saw the molten calf and the dancing, he cast down the tables out of his hands and broke them. He then took the calf they had made, burnt it on the fire, ground it to powder, sprinkled it on the water and made the children of Israel drink it.
Do you get the idea that Moses was really mad? Can you understand how he must have felt? There he was on the mountain with God and his people were committing blasphemy.
Once again, I have to say, there are parts of the Bible that are quite exciting.
Betty L. Killebrew
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