An incense altar is to be placed at the opening of the Tabernacle for Aaron to burn each morning and evening when he attends to the lamps; along with a washing basin to clean up before entering. Moses is instructed to receive a money offering for atonement from each person after taking a census of the people. The money is to be used for the Tabernacle.
Finally, the Lord tells them that He has even provided them with craftsmen who can make all the things He has instructed them to make. Basically, God has laid out everything--the blueprints and the workers to get it done. He also reminds Moses to have the people work for 6 days, then rest on the Sabbath. After telling him all that must be done (I hope God gave him one heck of a memory because there was A LOT of tiny details!), He gives him the tablets and sends him on his way...
Meanwhile... the Israelites are growing restless. Moses has been gone a long time and they are starting to wonder what in the world is going on at the top of Sinai. They decide to make their own gods since Moses is MIA and they need guidance. The worst part is--Aaron heads all this up. Yes, the same Aaron who was to be appointed head priest of the Temple of God. Wow.
God sends Moses down the mountain to talk sense into them after Moses intercedes for their life. After seeing their debauchery, he throws the stone tablets down and confronts his brother. Whiny Aaron actually tries to throw this all on the people and even tries to convince Moses that he threw gold into the fire and a calf just magically came out. I am again surprised that God went into all that detail about what should be done and the anointing of Aaron knowing that 5 minutes later Aaron would be making gods and dancing around like a fool. Another question for Heaven...
Moses stands at the entrance of the camp and gathers those who are still with the Lord (mainly Levites). The Levites then go through the camp and kill everyone else. Moses intercedes (again) to the Lord for the rest of the people's lives and commands them to journey forth, following the angel He puts in front of them.
God has this amazing a glorious plan for them to worship and honor Him. Aaron was to be put in a position of trust and the people had a cush life of worshiping God and having all their needs provided for. But they just had to be impatient and take things into their own hands. I wonder how many time I have done this without realizing the magnitude of my actions...?
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