When Aaron Is Not Exercising His Priestly Duties, By Evans Olang

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Exodus 32:1-35, “21 And Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you that you have brought so great a sin upon them?” 22 So Aaron said, “Do not let the anger of my lord become hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil”

Deliverance from the Egyptians was the cry of the Israelites to God for 400 years. They wished to be freed from bondage, oppression, slavery and so on and so forth. And when finally God sent Moses to deliver them, God had a bigger plan for them with Him as the center of His plan. His main goal was to free them that they may serve Him starting at Mt. Sinai. This was more than get them to a nice place free from all trouble (land that flows with milk and honey) though that came with the deliverance. God speaking to Pharaoh through Moses and Aaron said Exodus 5: 1, “… ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness”, Exodus 10:3, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me.”

At Mt. Sinai where they were to worship the true God who had brought them this far, they became impatient in the absence of Moses who was up the mountain with God for only 40 days compared to 400 years in bondage. They were anxious to get to the promise land that instead of seeking God to continue lead them there, they chose plan B, make gods who would lead them to the promise land Yahweh had promised them. And who did they turn to, Aaron who gladly gave them what they craved . We do not find that he said one word to discountenance their proposal. Aaron was a priest and was suppose to exercise his priestly duties even in the absence of Moses the type of Christ in this passage (the mediator between God and man). Aaron chose to heed to the voice of the people to give them what they wanted Moses held him accountable. Vs. “21 And Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you that you have brought so great a sin upon them?”. When Moses confronted him, Aaron shifted the blame to the people not taking any responsibility vs. 22 So Aaron said, “Do not let the anger of my lord become hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil”

In our times, we have Aarons’ who have neglected their priestly duties of preaching the word so as to cater for man’s humanistic needs. A number have become men pleasers rather than God. The house of the Lord where true worship ought to rise, some have become weary and have chosen to yield to the pressure of the people to give them what they want. While that may feel good, it presents a problem of leading people outside of God’s will.

Our generation has forgotten the whole reason we were freed from the bondage of sin and many of our priests instead of turning us back to the true worship with Christ as the center of it, they have helped us build golden calf with what we have provided them, things we worship more than we do Yahweh. We are worshiping materialistic things, health and prosperity and all we care about is not so much freed to come and worship the true God but freed to be rushed to the promise land. And since God is not fast enough, let’s find other pragmatic ways to answer our own prayer. Turn back to the gods of the Egyptians, bring back the things we abandoned to help us in this journey. Borrow from the world and it’s ways and hope to make it. We have to remember that Egypt was successful in prosperity, military, influence etc, the Israelites wanted to tap into that success by trying to serve some of their gods. Sad but true, many churches in our generation are fashioned the Egyptian way, borrowing from Egypt to build a church and Christ is not the center of it.

We are in danger when the Aarons’ of our day will not stand, unmoved, unshaken for the sake of Christ. My prayer and I hope is yours is that God will keep our pastors (shepherds) strong and faithful and raise more leaders who are not afraid to call sin what it is whether it’s popular or not. Leaders who are bold to stand in public, media, in interviews and speak truth like it is without going in circles and can’t make a stand. Leaders who are not swayed by the voice of people but are faithful to God’s call and are pointing us all who believe to the center of our worship, “Christ and Him crucified”. Blessings Ev

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