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3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.

4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.

Was the golden calf a way to put an image on God? Aaron has certainly not turned his back knowingly by proclaiming this feast to YHWH the following day, but more in their deeds they did so!?. enter image description here

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    They = the people seems to be thinking of other gods "they said, These be thy gods" "make us gods, which shall go before us" but Aaron is mixing these false gods with worship to The Lord in a way he not asked for. Aug 6 at 9:27
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    The simple answer is, "yes" - it was a image of the invisible God.
    – Dottard
    Aug 6 at 21:53
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Exodus 32:

1When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods a who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”

2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

Many years later, King Jeroboam tried this same practice in 1 Kings 12:

28 After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” 29One he set up in Bethel, and the other in Dan. 30And this thing became a sin; the people came to worship the one at Bethel and went as far as Dan to worship the other.

Aaron used the calf to symbolize the LORD, Exodus 32:

5And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.

But this was misleading because it violated Exodus 20:

1 And God spoke all these words:

2“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

3“You shall have no other gods before me.

4“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

Was the golden calf a way to put an image on God?

Yes, but it was wrong to do so. Aaron should have known better.

OP: Aaron has certainly not turned his back knowingly by proclaiming this feast to YHWH the following day, but more in their deeds they did so!?.

Aaron had started the process of deviating from the one true God. If Moses had not intervened, they would have followed the same path of Jeroboam who caused the Southern Kingdom of Israel to sin for centuries afterward.

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  • With this statement : "Aaron had started the process of deviating from the true God" [Who speaks]. - Could you elaborate on why a sculpture cannot be a true representative of YHVH, since the sculpture cannot speak His Word? Aug 6 at 14:21
  • @Tony Chan Thanks for you answer +1 I did shape my question wrong, it is Moses that is being replaced which bore the image of God as a prototype to Christ "The Son is the image of the invisible God Col 1:15" Aug 7 at 9:26
  • God bless you :)
    – Tony Chan
    Aug 7 at 13:23
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Was the Golden Calf from Exodus 32:1-5 created to be an "elohim" (authority) of YHVH ?

Yes. | In Exodus 32:1-5, Aharon agreed to sculpt a symbolic elohim (shaped like the egyptian obelisk icon for Pharaoh's strong authority) to represent the [authority of YHVH] - replacing the role of Moshe.

Before ascending Mount Horev, Moshe was the representative elohim of YHVH for Aharon as stated in [Exodus 7:1] "YHVH said to Moshe, "See! I have made you [Elohim] over Pharaoh - and Aaron your brother, will be your speaker." ( וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהֹוָה֙ אֶל־משֶׁ֔ה רְאֵ֛ה נְתַתִּ֥יךָ אֱלֹהִ֖ים לְפַרְעֹ֑ה וְאַֽהֲרֹ֥ן אָחִ֖יךָ יִֽהְיֶ֥ה נְבִיאֶֽךָ )

[Aharon explained this] when Moshe returned from his supposed death on Mount Horev in [Exodus 32:23-24].

"They said to me, 'Make us [Elohim] who will go before us, because this man [Moshe], who brought us up from the land of Egypt we do not know what has become of him.' ( וַיֹּ֣אמְרוּ לִ֔י עֲשֵׂה־לָ֣נוּ אֱלֹהִ֔ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר יֵֽלְכ֖וּ לְפָנֵ֑ינוּ כִּי־זֶ֣ה | משֶׁ֣ה הָאִ֗ישׁ אֲשֶׁ֤ר הֶֽעֱלָ֨נוּ֙ מֵאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרַ֔יִם לֹ֥א יָדַ֖עְנוּ מֶה־הָ֥יָה לֽוֹ )

The Golden Calf was created to replace Moshe as an elohim (authority) of YHVH, for Aharon.

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  • I am not sure how your 'yes the golden calf was created to replace Moses' answers the question 'was the golden calf created to put an image on God'?
    – sara
    Aug 6 at 13:29
  • @sara - When YHVH reveals Moshe will be "elohim (god) to-Pharoh" ( אֱלֹהִ֖ים לְפַרְעֹ֑ה ) in Shemot 7:1, was The "G-d" not making a lesser "god" to represent Himself? Aug 6 at 13:53
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    @חִידָה Amen +1 unfortunately Elohim has the generic translation god/gods when even refereeing to humans as in Psalm 82:6 while our concept of God is narrow and can't refer to a human that is one that is a mighty one who is in charge and judge, so many pervert the meaning when Yeshua answered them and said, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? This has made many New Age Christians think they are all gods but Yeshua is referring to the pharisees and the Sanhedrin as a powerful ruler over the Jews. Aug 7 at 9:12

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