The Return Of The Golden Calves
"32:2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. 32:3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. 32:4 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." (Exodus 32:2-4 KJV)
"These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt"
It seems bizarre that the Israelites, who had directly witnessed their own deliverance out of Egypt by the LORD, and then His powerful shaking of Mount Sinai as He was delivering the Ten Commandments, would make for themselves a lifeless idol and proclaim "these be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." But they did it. And, many years later, after the division of Israel because of Solomon's idolatry, the Israelites not only again made for themselves golden calf idols, but actually repeated the very same words that their ancestors did long before at Mount Sinai: "behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt" (1 Kings 12:28 KJV).
Jeroboam (see Kings of Israel and Judah) was the first king of The Northern Kingdom of Israel after The Division Of Israel into "Israel" and "Judah." The northern kingdom almost immediately became grossly idolatrous. Jeroboam's supposed justification was to provide a religion for the northern ten tribes to keep them from looking to Jerusalem, and the Temple of the LORD, which was in the southern kingdom of Judah.
"12:25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.
Fact Finder: What happened to the northern kingdom because of their idolatry? How did they become "the lost ten tribes"?