Church leader and Sin of Unbelief
Aaron was Moses’s older brother. He was a typical Christian who believes in God.
He was Moses’ spoke person, and had first-hand experience of God’s power. He saw the signs and wonders that God did in Egypt and how they affected the Egyptians. Exodus 5-11.
He tasted the goodness and greatness of God. He experienced walking on dry land in the middle of the Red Sea. His eyes witnessed how God overthrew Pharaoh and his chariots when they attempted to walk on dry land in the middle of the Red sea, just as the Israelites did. Exodus 14:26-29.
His eyes saw water gushed out from a rock in the wilderness. Exodus 17: 3-6
He ate manna and meat from heaven. Exodus 16: 21-34.
He heard God speak to Moses. Exodus 19: 20-24.
He served the congregation and offered burnt offering before God. Exodus 30:10.
He was an anointed priest of God. Exodus 28: 1-2.
He was a consecrated and ordained before God. Exodus 29:8.
Yet, with all his experiences of God, his high status among the Israelites, the high regard that the people gave him, and the honour of being an ordained servant of God, Aaron did not serve and love God with all his heart.
As soon as Moses back was turned and was delayed in the presence of God, Aaron yielded to the desire of the people. He encouraged them into idolatry and made a calf image for the people.
Aaron was second in command to the people and a leader but God exposed his heart when he was given the responsibility to lead the people in the absence of the leader.
Exodus 32: 1-4
“When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, 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.”
Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He 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, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”
Praying Christians – beware of the sin of unbelief
God sees the heart. People see activity and appearances.
God places us in situations and with challenging circumstances to reveal the depth of our heart and level of faithfulness.
"Therefore, even as the Holy Spirit says, Today if you will hear his voice, don't harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, in the day of the trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested me and tried me, and saw my deeds for forty years. Therefore I was displeased with that generation, and said they always err in their hearts and did not know my ways. As I swore in my wrath, they will not enter into my rest." Hebrews 3: 7-11
Church activities can never replace personal relationship with God.
Church activities can never replace worshipping God in truth and in spirit.
"To whom did God swear that they would not enter into his rest, but to those who were disobedient? We see they were not able to enter because of unbelief. Hebrews 3:18.
"Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." Matthew 22: 37
Mix your experience with faith. “For we have had good news preached to us, even as they also did, but the word they heard didn't profit them, because it was not mixed with faith by those who heard." Hebrews 4: 2
Put knowledge learnt from the word of God into action.