I believe they quit being thankful for the miraculous things that God had done in bringing them out of captivity. And, the amazing things He had done along the way also, they took for granted. They began to think back on certain things and to murmer and complain. They created confusion for themselves by complaining and murmering. Where there is strife, there is confusion and every evil work. They began to speak against each other and other things instead of being grateful they were freed and trusting God. Unbelief is why they disobeyed God! They chose to look at the hardship, forget the miracles and give in to Unbelief!
Just like now. You see your surronding and u see miricles. Heck we.are miricles are self. We wake up everyday. See the.seasons. Experience so many feeling and stages. But people still dont believe there is a God. People doubted but still payed for there mistakes. Just like one day we will all pay for wat we do one earth. Believe in him, obey his word and live it go to heaven. Dnt believe do ur own way go to hell. Plain and simple
The story of the Israelites turning away from God while Moses was up getting the 10 Commandments is in itself a testament to the story being a fictional account. You're telling me they witnessed the 10 plagues in Egypt, had the sea parted before their eyes, recieved food from the heaves, got their water from a rock, were led by a pillar of clouds and fire all day, but Moses leaves for a little while and they arbitrarily just INVENT a god to worship out of wholecloth? That is one of the single most ridiculous things I've ever heard. It just could not have happened. It's a comically absurd event. I can only imagine it being written to prove a point; that point being "only worship that god".
How can a people who saw the waters of the Dead Sea parted and the deliverance from Pharaoh's army, who heard the sound and saw the clouds at Horeb, who heard God speak from the mountain, turn their back on him and be disciplined by death in the wilderness? How can men, who hear the words spoken by Jesus, think he never existed? It is odd, but the more we are given, the more we doubt. The challenge of faith is to live up to the light we know, and thereby receive more light. Atheists are not such because of a lack of evidence, any more than the congregation at the foot of Horeb lacked evidence. They choose their faith (or lack thereof) in spite of their conscience's hints, in spite of evidence which they see and hear, and the witness of the works and word of God. The witness is all too easy to ignore, because we are human and want our own way.