Our focus this time around is Aaron, senior brother to Moses. We see also that undying love of the Lord outweighs the dent in the personality of a great man of God. No one is completely sinless out of all notable men and women of God except our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, this post should not be viewed as judgemental, rather it mirrors mankind as clay in the hand of the potter. The potter can mould any shape depending on his discretion. One common thread among these great people is that they do not set out to despise God.
Let us look at the life of Aaron who God appointed as spokesman to Moses who presented his speech defect to God. He was reluctant to take up the job of freeing the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt. God honored his honest supplication and chose Aaron to be spokes person even though he was senior to Moses in age. Ex 7: 1-2 The Lord said to Moses: “See, I have made you as God to Pharoah, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you. And Aaron your brother shall tell Pharoah to send the children of Israel out of his land.” Aaron was blessed along with his junior brother, Moses. Aaron’s rod was used in performing miracles. It turned into snake that swallowed Egyptian magician’s snakes. It was used to perform the plagues in Ex. 7:10 – 8:17. Aaron was so blessed that from him descended the class of priests in Israel Ex. 29: 9. He made an atonement that stopped a plague. His rod even though dry budded in showing the power of God vested in him.
Aaron’s most significant sin was the sheepish way he allowed the children of Israel to turn into idolatry without any words of restraint from him. When Moses went up to the mountain of God to receive the ten commandments, the children of Israel demanded to be given a god that they claimed led them out of Egypt. To them they did not know what had become of Moses and so they could not wait any longer. Aaron was clearly afraid of the faces of his hard-hearted co-travellers. Exodus 32: 1-5 They forgot the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob their fore-fathers. Having any other god other than the od of Israel was and still is the most abominable sin against Yahweh, their God. Aaron was also part of the conspiracy that eared Miriam leprosy as punishment. It was by virtue of his anointed priestly dress that he was not made a leper at least for a season. However, God forgave him from which we conclude that no mortal being is virtually free from committing sins, only unrepentant sinners like King Saul and Judas Iscariot will fail to benefit from God’s overwhelming grace and love. Aaron did neither rationalized his position nor justified why he did what he did with the children of Israel Exodus 32: 21-24