A few hours after Aaron had made the golden calf for the people of Israel; they shouted before the idol and said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.”
And Aaron called the idol “Jehovah,” the Lord God, the Lord of hosts, when he said, “Tomorrow is a feast for the Lord.” The people knew well that God, the true God, is present and close to them. He is on the mountain, talking to Moses, a few meters away from them, but they decided that they worship an idol.
And after they made the calf and celebrated it, the book says, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and then rose to play.”
By their worship of the golden calf, the people decided to live the life of what they worship, so eating, drinking and playing, which refers to scandalous and disgraceful matters, is what the animal does with all the comfort of the human being living the life of the animal.
God created man because it is natural that God is the center of sovereignty and worship. The man was created in the image and likeness of God, but when a person decides to worship another god, he will be in his image and likeness.
Worship in its Christian concept is not prayers and praises, but worship is to give the deity the center of leadership in life, and it is the goal and the end. Sometimes we know well that God is present and very close to us, but we decide that we have sovereignty over our lives for other things.
In fact, we are like the ones we decided to replace the center of the sovereignty of our lives and robbed us of ourselves and the natural situation that we are supposed to be in, which is in the image and likeness of God, and this makes us what we worship is what we are.