So there was very little questioning and the Lord’s commands for all this decadence for a place of worship were carried out to the very prescriptive wishes. From a practical point of view, I can’t help wondering about whether this structure could have actually stood with the weight of all that precious metal. And people who were previously doubting become completely faithful. It does happen, as we grow and have new experiences we change our views and our choices may become different but for so many to do so unequivocally and seemingly without question is a kind of miracle in its self, but then the Lord changes ‘his’ view and actions too.
I also have to say that I had a little scoff when in Exodus 34 the Lord advises ‘he’ is a God full of compassion and pity, who is not easily angered – that hasn’t exactly been shown to be the case in the two books I’ve read so far. And then just a verse later says ‘he’ will not fail to punish children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation for the sins of their parents – where is the compassion there?