Too often our reading from Exodus is seen too simply — as a condemnation of the people’s faithlessness. God has led them out of slavery, and instructed them to have no other gods. And here they go, as soon as God’s and Moses’ backs are turned, fashioning some idol to bow down before. But Moses finds it in his heart to have compassion and understanding towards the people’s plight. He even convinces God to be compassionate and understanding. Maybe we should take a look at the story again and see if we read it in a new way, from the people’s perspective?