Parsha “Ki Tisa” (Exodus 30:11-34:35) centers on one of the most important “turning points,” and failures, in all of Scripture: the idolatry at Mount Sinai, aka, ‘the golden calf.’
Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa Fellowship as he expores why.
The Erev Shabbat overview begins with a look at some of the news that sets up a history that more than rhymes this time:
The Sabbath Day teaching is time to ask what is perhaps the central question related to this parsha: Just what IS the ‘golden calf’? Or, in the original Hebrew, the ‘egel masekah’? One thing seems certain…it’s generally taught as something that THOSE people, whoever that might be, once did, that WE would never consider doing NOW. Yeah, sure.
Still, it’s not sufficient just to “spiritualize” the incident and say, “well, it must have to do with idolatry in general.” There’s something spcific about the language used, and the connections to the ‘rest of the story’ (some of which can only be seen by looking at the original language!) that help to explain just how vitally important it is to understand what SO angered Yahuah. Because that is what is no less important today.
“Ki Tisa and What the Heck IS the ‘golden calf’ REALLY?”
The combined two-part teaching is here: