Citing Legal Precedent

Six weeks and more had passed since he in whom they’d trusted left.

Accustomed to be ordered ‘round, the nation was bereft

of boulder-breaking, water making, judgment speaking heat.

The man he’d left in charge was just a lily-livered priest. 


While busy on the mountaintop engraving words on stone

The leader lost his focus on the people who had grown

to see him as the law itself and trust his every word.

“Go down at once. They’re all perverse.” Was what, at last, he heard.


They’d acted bad, and brought along the weakling priest they had. 

He took their gold, then made a mold, and cast metal calf.

He told them that it looked like God, so worship was implied.

They said their prayers and sang some hymns, and brought a sacrifice.


The LORD declared an end to the experiment with these.

To wipe them out and start again from Moses and his genes.

“If you do that, I’ll tell you what, your reputation’s shot.”

And citing legal precedent, he changed the mind of God. 


Image:    Franz Carl Remp – Der Tanz um das goldene Kalb

Source:   Exodus 32:7-14

Text:  David Alexander, 2022 CC BY-SA NC 4.0  

Tune:  Kilmarnock. Public Domain


Audio:  Used by Permission

3 Replies to “Citing Legal Precedent”

  1. Wow! This one is extra-clever in capturing the story and getting it off the pages and into our brains!



  2. Thanks, Ted. I just went back to review it, and discovered that the tune I chose is only half-long-enough to take the verse. I’ll have to go back (like a guitarist) and “re-tune”. Watch This Space!


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