Does this silly Bible story make any sense after you take off your rose-colored glasses?
Moses comes down from the mountain with two freshly made tablets of stone written with the finger of God. One commandment on the stone tablet reads '' You must not kill/murder.'' It doesn't take long before Moses breaks a commandment. I guess it should have said,'' You must not kill/murder, but in this case, it's O.K."
Exodus 32: 19 So it was, as soon as he came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing. So Moses’ anger became hot, and he cast the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. 20 Then he took the calf which they had made, burned it in the fire, and ground it to powder; and he scattered it on the water and made the children of Israel drink it. 21 And Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you that you have brought so great a sin upon them?”
Moses is so angered, he breaks the tablets and instructs the sons of Levi to the kill anyone who is not on the Lord's side.
Exodus 32:25 Now when Moses saw that the people were unrestrained (for Aaron had not restrained them, to their shame among their enemies), 26 then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, “Whoever is on the Lord’s side—come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him. 27 And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let every man put his sword on his side, and go in and out from entrance to entrance throughout the camp, and let every man kill his brother, every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.’ ” 28 So the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses.