At this point in the journey of the ancient Israelites, they are at the base of Mount Sinai. They have heard the very voice of God promising to deliver his people to the Promised Land and to wipe out the pagans occupying that area. He has assured his people that their obedience to Him meant a full life span, no sickness and no infertility. For ancient people, this was an amazing promise. All the people had to do was “worship the Lord your God” and Him only. The people ratified the covenant with God in Exodus 24 exclaiming “We will do everything the Lord has said, we will obey.” Then all of the Israelites saw the mount enveloped by the glory of the Lord which looked like a consuming fire.
At this point, Moses ascends Mount Sinai with his aide Joshua to receive the instructions for the Tabernacle which we have just covered in Exodus 25-31. Forty days have passed since Moses ascended the mountain. The peoples’ commitment is short lived, and they fall.