We Thought We Knew Aaron

We Thought We Knew Aaron

When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”

2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” Exodus 32:1-4

Moses had been on the mountain for forty days and forty nights. The people went to Moses’ brother to ask him what they should do because Moses had been gone for so long. Aaron’s response is quite remarkable actually: he was aiding and abetting their idolatry. It was even worse than that; he was showing them how to do it. Obviously he had done it before because he knew exactly what to do.

How was it possible for him to literally be on the same mountain with the Lord Almighty one day and shortly after lead the Hebrews into worshipping a golden calf? Did he feel pressure from the masses? Did he agree with them that something probably happened to Moses? If so, would that make a difference at all?

It’s hard to figure Aaron out. He went from mountain top experience to the valley very quickly.

Recall that Elijah had a similar experience after all the prophets of Baal were killed and he ran away from Ahab and Jezebel. (1 Kings 18-19).

If we’re not careful, we can have similar experiences.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8.

Satan will do what he can to destroy you.

When you’re at your highest with the Lord is when you’re most vulnerable. Never forget that. It seems like just the opposite is true, that there’s no way that anything bad or wrong could happen.

Again, Peter writes:

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8.

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