The golden calf episode: Not one of Israel's finest moments.
When Moses is gone for so long, there is a leadership vacuum, and the people get anxious. It seems to me that this still happens. There are still times in a congregation's life that there is a leadership vacuum, and sometimes, the wrong person fills it, in the wrong way.
Also, can I just say: the names Bezalel and Oholiab stuck out for me, for the first time. Who are they, you ask? They are two people specially designated and filled with the spirit, "with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, in every kinds of craft." (31:3-6).
Tomorrow: We begin Leviticus. Hold on to your seats. Chapters 1 - 14