When Moses first came down from the mountain, with the ten commandments all carefully chiselled onto stone slabs, his first reaction was to smash them to pieces, storm off in a huff, and then do it all over again. Why?
KJB Exodus 32:19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.
Just prior to this, he spoke with Joshua:
32:18 And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.
Then I came across Charlton Heston as Moses in the 1955 movie, The Ten Commandments. In it, writing can clearly be seen on the tablets.
It took a little bit of fiddling, but I eventually got the text turned up the right way and translated, using Google’s Ancient Hebrew to English Translate tool…
Translated, this means: Great Party! Bring All Your Friends! Dancing and Song and Drink!
So that was it! Moses was pissed because he hadn’t been invited. There, simple as that. One disgruntled old man with a chip on his shoulder. Afterwards, he ordered the slaying of 3,000 people. All for having a party he wasn’t invited to!