Understanding the Scriptures
|Fashioned (v. 4)||Formed|
|Graving (v. 4)||Engraving|
|Molten (vv. 4, 8)||Made of melted metal|
|Stiffnecked (v. 9)||Proud|
|Wrath (vv. 10, 12)||Anger|
|Consume (vv. 10, 12)||Destroy|
|Besought (v. 11)||Plead with, to ask with great feeling|
|Mischief (vv. 12, 22)||An evil or bad purpose|
|Mastery (v. 18)||Victory|
|Strawed (v. 20)||Spread|
|Blot (vv. 32–33)||Remove|
Note: Remember to look for changes in the Joseph Smith Translation of this and other chapters.
Exodus 32:26—“Who Is on the Lord’s Side?”
Elder George Albert Smith, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, stressed the importance of staying on the Lord’s side: “There is a division line well defined that separates the Lord’s territory from Lucifer’s. If we live on the Lord’s side of the line Lucifer cannot come there to influence us, but if we cross the line into his territory we are in his power. By keeping the commandments of the Lord we are safe on His side of the line, but if we disobey His teachings we voluntarily cross into the zone of temptation and invite the destruction that is ever present there. Knowing this, how anxious we should always be to live on the Lord’s side of the line” (“Our M. I. A.,” Improvement Era, May 1935, 278).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A–C as you study Exodus 32.
Did They Have a Short Memory?
Which of the Ten Commandments did the children of Israel break in Exodus 32?
Why do you think they did what they did?
Apply the Principle
In what ways are people today tempted to become impatient with God’s way of doing things and break His commandments?
How could this lack of patience be considered worshiping a false god?
Learn about Sin and Repentance
In Exodus 32:19–29, Moses swiftly called the people to repentance. From how Moses acted and what happened, what lessons can we learn about the effects of sin and the requirements of repentance?