Complicity in Sin

And Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you that you have brought so great a sin upon them? (Exodus 32:21).

Moses was delayed returning from the mountain where he was with God so back in the camp the people were getting restless. They went to Aaron and asked him to do the unthinkable. “Come, make us gods that shall go before us…”

Instead of refusing or objecting, Aaron told them to bring him their golden calf. And the people said of the calf, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt.” They gave the glory which belonged to God to an idol that could not see, hear nor move. No wonder, Moses was furious. And Aaron who should have known better was complicit in the matter. His excuse was, “You know the people, that they are set on evil” (verse 22). He neglected to mention that it was his idea to build an altar which further led the people into apostasy.

Aaron had a choice to do what was right but he chose the easy way out. God would have destroyed him if Moses hadn’t interceded (Deut. 9:20). Don’t go along with the crowd. Stand up for what is right in God’s sight.

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