Aaron blew it. Aaron failed to lead when the people came to him and demanded an idol, “Come, make us gods who will go before us” (Exodus 32:1). Aaron became a follower of men rather than a follower of God. The people led him instead of the other way around. Aaron was a people-pleaser.
The Bible offers five clues that Aaron was a people pleaser:
- Moses’ absence threatens Aaron’s leadership position. He has to grant the people’s demand and make them the god they want in order to protect his leadership “position.” People-pleasers protect their position at all cost.
- Aaron builds an altar to the calf god and throws a party. Parties are always crowd-pleasers. People-pleasers feel powerful when they use their position to enable people to do what they want to do.
- Aaron blames his actions on the people, “They said to me, ‘Make gods who will go before us.” People-pleasers blame others for their poor decisions.
- Aaron embellishes the truth, “They gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.” He refuses to admit personal failure in his responsibility to lead the people. People-pleasers embellish the truth.
- Aaron didn’t intercede for the 3,000 people who lost their lives that day. People-pleasers let others perish to save their own skin.
Crowd-awareness pressures leaders to compromise God’s righteous standard, while God-awareness protects leaders from succumbing to the pressure of followers. Choose rather to please God than to be popular with man.
Older Post"He [Aaron] 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, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt." (Exodus 32:4)
There is the God we want Him to be and there is the God who is and they are not the same. Israel wanted a God who:
- Represents strength but is powerless. They want a strong god that they can control instead of One who is in control.
- Has a mouth but is speechless. They create a god who can't speak because they do not intend to obey Him.
- Is amoral, without ethical standards. They desire to worship a god who allows them to express themselves sexually, morally, and without restraint.
- Creator God who upholds all things by the power of His might
- God who sees, hears and has spoken to us through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ
- God, the Lawgiver, who establishes parameters and boundaries for our own good and for His glory.
Questions for today's Chronological reading:
- Why were the children of Israel from twenty years old and older to pay a "census tax"?
- What would paying this fee do for the people?
- Why does God place the bronze basin before the altar?
- What does this tell you about God? about the priests?
- How does God ensure that his temple specifications are carried out?
- What does remembering the Sabbath do for the people?
- What happens when people no longer keep the Sabbath?
- What was Aaron's role in the golden calf situation?
- How does he "spin" the events?
- What does this tell you about Aaron? About those who "spin"?
- Upon what promise does Moses base his intercession for the people?
Pray for our nation. Pray for repentance toward God and revival from God.