In the passage in Acts 7:39, we get a clue. Stephen is preaching to God’s people and reminds them of what happened on Mt. Sinai. Moses was on the mountain standing in the glory of God and receiving His commandments to His people.
At the same time, the church is lamenting the loss of all the pleasures of Egypt. They feel abandoned by God and Moses and decide to turn back to the gods they had served back in Egypt.
Out of a need for comfort and security they made an idol, brought sacrifices to it and reveled in what their own hands had made. God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars and the tabernacle of Molek and the star of the god Rephan.
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