The Israelite believed GOD then through Moses (who they can see); their “belief” wasn’t independent, it had a dependent factor → ‘Moses’… Goes to show that the Israelite never really believed in GOD…guess that’s why they went on to construct a golden calf (which they can see) when Moses was nowhere to be found…Exodus 32:1
This is same way most believers’ faith hang on “corruptible” men OR images (different faces of “Christ” in a framed pix or His statues) Romans 1:20-23. It is only a few that have an “independent” faith in GOD which came to via their “relationship” with GOD(Matt 5:6) or their ordeal in life; testimonies and miracles.
THE COMMAND IS CLEAR → “Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:” ~ Deuteronomy 5:8. Read Leviticus 26:1 for more emphasis.
“Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
BE NOT CONFORMED INTO SLAVERY (demonic mind control); BE TRANSFORMED INTO A FREE PERSON. John 8:32
Study The LORD God’s WORDS and OBEY HIM.