Meet Aaron - the brother of Moses. Here’s the guy who is about to be anointed High Priest of Israel. Aaron was God’s choice for the highest ranking, spiritual official in all the land. I could give you more of a background for this first bible verse – but I won’t have too. You don’t need to know the story to realize that what Aaron said to Moses in Exodus 32:24 was a lie.
So I told them, ‘Whoever has gold jewelry, take it off. When they brought it to me, I simply threw it into the fire—AND OUT CAME THIS CALF!” Yes, he really said that. I mean – was Aaron a 5 year old?
Of course that’s not what happened. Aaron caved under the pressure (and perhaps fear) and built a golden idol for the people to worship (Exodus 32:2-5). Worse, he attempted to cover it up with a lie. I’d say Aaron “blew” it!
Ironically, the account actually makes me feel pretty good about my ministry. I am by no means comparing myself to the likes of Moses’ brother. It does, however, give me hope in that although Aaron fashioned a god for the people to worship, the REAL God saw past even that and anointed Him as high priest. Aaron was in direct violation to the very first of the Ten Commandments. Granted, Moses had not yet posted these new laws of God on Facebook yet. But non-the-less, the words from God to Moses, (Exodus 32:7), and from Moses to Aaron, (Exodus 32:19-21), makes it clear that Aaron knew what he had done was wrong. Still, after it was all said and done, Aaron was in fact anointed as High Priest.
So what do I do when I have blown it? Engrave this next statement into your brain:
God always sees who we are becoming…not what we have done
God already knew every stupid thing we would do, planned for our forgiveness, redeemed us regardless, and planned for us a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Our “What was I thinking” decisions did not throw God’s plan off course. He is still in the business of conforming us into the image of Jesus 1John 3:2 2Corinthians 3:18 Romans 8:28. We can’t alarm God nor cause Him to be angry with us. In His mind the matter is settled. Philippians1:6 says that, “…God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
These promises and others certainly don’t excuse Aaron’s bad behavior nor does it excuse ours. Let me also remind you that there are often negative consequences for our actions. But never think you’ve gone so far that God won’t complete what he began in you. When you THINK you blown it – God can and will start again Jeremiah 18:1-4
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