In Exodus 32:1-6 is an example of what happens when a leader goes away and does not return within the expected time. It provides a clear-cut type of what happened to the Ephesian church (Revelation 2:4-5), and is a picture of what we are experiencing in our own time where scoffers want to know where Christ is. It has been 2000 years, and He promised to return soon! (2 Pe 3:4). Skeptics throw this in our face with the implication that we have believed a fairy tale and a dead man is not going to return. But remember Moses? While he was gone up on the mountain to see God, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, “Up, make us gods, which shall go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him” (Ex 32:1). Why did Israel do such an incredibly stupid thing? Because: the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount.
What has happened today? Jesus has gone up on the heavenly Mt. Zion. He has been gone longer than we think He should have been gone. And the result? The same–“The people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play” (Ex 32:6). Instead of worshipping a golden calf, we are involved in rampant covetousness, which is idolatry (Col 3:5). Was there any revelry going on when Moses returned? Yes (Ex 32:25), and Moses and the Levites smote the revelers with the sword (Ex 32:28). When Jesus comes, He says the times will be like the days before the Flood (Mt 24:37) when the thought of men’s hearts was evil continually (Gen 6:5). Jesus and His army will smite them with a rod of iron like the potter smites a defective vessel (Rev 19:15, 2:27). The evil men living then will be broken and squashed like grapes in a press (Rev 14:19-20, 19:21, Jer 49:20, 50:45) in the same way Samson squashed a 1000 Philistines with the jawbone of a Equus africanus asinus (Jud 15:15) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkey
Moses went up Mount Sinai; Christ went up to Mount Zion in heaven. “What has become of him?” the people asked. “We do not know what has happened to him! He is up there. He is supposed to return, but He has not returned according to our expectations.”
What did the Israelites decide to do? They began to turn back from God and to return to the ways of Egypt. They began to engage in unlawful gratification of the flesh and to desire to return to the morass from which they had just emerged (II Pet 2:18). Let’s learn a lesson from Moses and be patient until the Lord returns (Mt 24:48).