If you don’t get it, you really don’t get it

The wapo shows a bunch of people who read the Bible, but not closely enough. It’s worth it, when making Biblical allusions, to reread the relevant passages to double-check the imagery.

This time around, the reference is to the single biggest sin committed by the Israelites– the making of a golden calf. There’s just one flaw: the response of those loyal to God was to kill the makers of the calf (Aaron excepted) and strenuously punish everyone involved.

Seriously: if you want to say that Wall Street is bowing to Mammon, why precisely are you the one making the idol?

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I'm a network engineer, musician, and Orthodox Jew who opines on things which cross my path.

3 Responses to If you don’t get it, you really don’t get it

  1. mackquigley says:

    Baal is probably worse than the golden calf, for Jehu was commended by God for removing Baal from Israel, even though he didn’t remove Jeroboam’s golden calves (2 Kings 10:30-31; cf. 1 Kings 12:32).
    Baal was an entirely different god (i.e., the sun – “the gods of the people that were round about them,” Judges 2:12-13) – but the golden calf was just a counterfeit god (“behold thy gods, O Israel” 1 Kings 12:28; “These be thy gods, O Israel” Exodus 32:4).
    In the level of “bad” the foreign gods are worse than the domestic counterfeits worshipped in ignorance. But start with a calf counterfeit and it will degrade next to worse idolatries: Acts 7:40-42 (Amos 5:25-27).

    • thegameiam says:

      Fair argumment. Jewish tradition holds that all of the subsequent sins and idolatries are derived from the golden calf, so that one is considered the worst. In any case, I can’t quite see why the protesters are making idols in their protest. It’s like naming yourself “Cain” or the like…

  2. mackquigley says:

    Those protesters are Roman Catholics, they love making little idols (Acts 19:23-41).

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