Traditionally, the story of the golden calf that we read this morning has been used to teach Jewish and Christians believers that they should not make images of God and that no idols should be worshipped. The evidence for such teaching is supported in the Ten commandments. Creating images and idols had consequences such that we have to be especially concerned, because God is going to punish the children of such command breakers down to their fourth generation.
This is very serious matter. Don’t you think?
A similar understanding is put forward by the Encyclopedia Judaica: the golden calf is in essence an unauthorized means of securing divine presence. In addition, in the Encyclopedia Judaica reference is made to the Ten Commandments as well. Indeed, this is a powerful threat to one's well being and his or her children.