Aaron, Religious 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.
He was tasted the goodness and greatness of God. He experienced walking on dry land in the middle of the Red Sea. His eyes witnessed God overthrew Pharaoh and his chariots when they attempted to walk on dry land in the middle of the Red sea.
His eyes saw water gushed out from a rock in the wilderness.
He ate manna and meat from heaven.
He heard God speak to Moses
He served the congregation and offered burnt offering before God
He was the first priest among the Levites to stand before God
Yet, with all his experiences of God, high status among the Israelites, high regard that the people gave him, and the honour of being an instrument of God, Aaron did not fully serve 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.
It takes only God to test salvation by fire to reveal exactly where your heart truly is.
Church activities can never replace personal relationship with God.
Church activities can never replace worshipping God in truth and in spirit.
Praying Christians – Praying is good
Loving God with all your heart is best
Mix your experience with Faith. “For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed” Hebrews 4:2
Put knowledge learnt from the word of God into action.