after the Israelites were safe and out of sight from the Egyptians...
they continued on their journey to the promised land.
about halfway through the journey, God told Moses to travel to the top of Mount Sinai to retrieve, "The Ten Commandments."
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God punished the Israelites responsible, and told all the others to continue on their journey. but because of their sins, they had to take a longer route, one that would take them 40 years to reach the promised land.
by the time Moses had retrieved the tablets and began to come down the mountain, the other Israelites had built a golden calf and had begun to worship it.