"He (Moses) said to Aaron, 'What did these people do to you, that you led them into such great sin?' 'Do not be angry, my lord,' Aaron answered. 'You know how prone these people are to evil. They said to me, 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. So I told them, Whoever has any god jewelry, take it off. Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.'" Exodus 32: 21-24I read this section of the Old Testament this morning as part of my chronological reading of the bible in one year. I started chuckling at Aaron's response to Moses question. Chuckling in a I-cannot-believe-you-just-said-that kind of way. It was one of those moments, though when I've started to look down upon Aaron and then God looks me in the eyes and says, "You mean you can't identify?" And I say, "What?" and He says, "Hmmmm." And then I look away and think a moment and I repent because perhaps I have been guilty of shifting the blame...a time or two.
How have I played in the role of Aaron? How often do I shift blame to cover up my sins at the expense of exposing someone else to hurt? How often does someone come to me, telling me how I have hurt them, and my first response is not repentance but of defense? And what better defense than deflection or marginalization or feigned innocence?
And how often, when I feel marginalized or unimportant, I rattle off all my accomplishments, all my sacrifices, all my...whatever? How many times have I taken personally that were never meant to enter into my heart?
I have a lot to learn from Moses in this instance. He doesn't take any of this and bury it in his heart. He realizes that it has nothing to do with him. His response to Aaron?
"Whoever is for the LORD, come to me." (verse 26)
Moses knows his job. He is a servant and a mouthpiece for God. And this shapes his entire perspective. When Aaron's words come hurtling toward Him, Moses does not defend himself, but He fights for God. He doesn't listen to the lies, but presses on toward the truth.
Who do you identify with most in this story? What helps you be more like Moses? What factors influence you in the times you react like Aaron?
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