The stream in front of Mount Sinai

시내산의 시냇가And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it (Exodus 32:20, NIV)

This event was described in one simple sentence, so it is easy to overlook. But it is a little odd that Moses ground the golden calf to powder, ‘scattered it on the water,’ and made the Israelites drink. It may sound confusing to those who have never been to this actual site as to what kind of water the verse is referring to, with the question such as ‘Is there any water at the foot of Mountain Sinai?’ or ‘Was there water contained somewhere?’ Those who visit the site will actually be surprised to see that there is water indeed, and that it is enough to create a stream during the rainy seasons, which proves that the Scripture is not mistaken when it says that Moses scattered the power on the water.

There are clear traces of little streams, and the fences installed by the Saudi government are sometimes found to have been fallen due to a flood. There was a time when the soil was turned over during a rainy season and gold was found, which attracted the Bedeuins for a period of time, who crazily went after it with metal detectors in their hands.