Every state boasts a few tourist traps - locations with some inane novelty, cheap food, and high price souvenirs. They seduce tourists into spending valuable time and money instead of saving it for their true destinations. Often, they appear impressive at a distance, and disappointing up close.
In Exodus 32, the Israelites fall into a tourist trap called the golden calf. This distraction is devastating for their community, and one of the greatest failings in Israel’s history. Strikingly, the golden calf trap happens because the people are simply tired of waiting for Moses; it’s a quick fix that turns out to be a long term problem.