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Exodus 32-33:23

Aaron, Aaron, Aaron, where did you go wrong? Could Aaron’s sin become our sin? Are we any less off the beaten path then Aaron? What could have been going through the “boys” mind to cause him to say something as dumb as this?

For they said to me, Make us gods which shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him. I said to them, Those who have any gold, let them take it off. So they gave it to me; then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf. (Exodus 32:23-24 AMP)

Moses was Aaron’s baby brother; yet, hear again, we see the younger leading. God had given Aaron a supporting role and unlike his brother, he did not have to run away to some desert because of a crime. Yet here was the younger brother going up the mountain to meet with God, leaving him down in the valley with the murmurers and complainers. I don’t really know if what I’ve stated is true but what else could have been going on in this man’s mind to think he could just say, “I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.” Did he think everyone, including his brother, was crazy enough to believe it? Well, maybe not crazy but with what had previously happened in Egypt it could have been plausible.

It was Aaron who threw down Moses’ staff in front of Pharaoh that swallowed up the magicians’ staffs. It was his hand, not Moses’ that triggered the rest of the Plagues. That didn’t happen because of anything Aaron had within him, but it happened because God ordained it and called it into being.

THE LORD said to Moses, Behold, I make you as God to Pharaoh [to declare My will and purpose to him]; and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you, and Aaron your brother shall tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his land. (Exodus 7:1-2 AMP).

Aaron was trying to extend his run, so to speak, in the desert. He had an audience back in Egypt who were privy to see the destruction that came at the flick of his hand, or so it would seem, but his ministry of miracles was over in the desert.

We must be ever so careful not to lust after leadership position. To Aaron it was not a stretch to tell a “little” lie about the calf popping out of the fire hadn’t this kind of stuff happened in Egypt. It is so easy for us to try to stay in the limelight by operating in the flesh and calling up past actions to validate works of the flesh. Let us not become little Aarons.

Mike-This is concerning your questions about boredom. They reminded me of the former president of my college, a nun, who would say, “If something makes you bored then it is not the something or the someone who is boring, it is you.” She would go on to say, “If you were on a desert island all by yourself, could you entertain yourself?”

The first time I heard those words from that woman was over 20 years ago, and your questions brought back her words with a vengeance. If these words by this nun are correct, then we must also throw in the mix of your multiple questions on being “spiritually bored,” “What do we see or not see in ourselves that we must rely on others or things to be sufficiently entertained?”

I googled “definition of board” and of the several things that popped up:

Boredom, boring, bored: A chosen state of mind brought on by laziness and the firm belief that others are in charge of the so supposedly afflicted person's own entertainment.

This puts an entirely different spin on “spiritual boredom.”

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Exodus 32: 2 & 5

2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.”

5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD.”

For the past few days, we were reading the construction details of the Tent and altar etc.. Seems boring??? But here is the difference: God's specification of the worship rule Vs manmade worship rules.

In Exodus 32: 2 & 5, Aaron asked for golden earrings and declared a festival. But this is man made rules. God abhorred them. God called them sins.

This is an important rule to learn in today's reading (and the past few days' readings). God requires us to worship Him His way.

Re: Mike boredom and sin. I guess one easy way to sin is that when you are bored, you surf the internet aimlessly. Some of the times, it hits a porn ad and then you continue to click the ad and ends up spending hours in front of the computer viewing porn sites.

Spiritually bored?
Try reaching a higher level with the Lord(ex. fast for a week with prayer or spend more time praising Him or try to memorize a long passage of scripture). Or try accomplishing something out of your comfort zone for His Kingdom(ex. volunteer to serve at a food bank or hospital or pray outside your local abortion clinic or witness to your neighbors) Choose an area that you've always kind of wanted to work on, but were hesitant to tackle or afraid of.
GUARANTEED you will be learning new skills, having new challenges, and meeting new people....as well as meeting with resistance from the enemy forces that don't want you to grow in your faith and efforts for the Lord.

And VOILA! NO MORE BOREDOM!
Keep growing in the Lord!
Elaine

It is sad to be a follower instead of a real leader. Aaron was just that. A good follower whether towards good gain or ungodly misfortune. It wasn't enough to be Moses messenger to Pharoah or be a part of the wonderful miracles of the parting of the Red sea, and the wrath of God and the judgement on the Egyptians for their unbelief, Aaron now had an inch at authority and he took a mile. Maybe being a people pleaser was the problem of Aaron or maybe he was just as bored and baffled as the rest. The blind leading the blind, it saddens me to see a situation unfold like this in the Bible, yet like Mike says, do we see ourselves in this picture, just going along to get along, forgetting about the consequences and then trying to cover up with, "the woman you gave me made me do it" or "those Israelites just wanted to see a live god and it just happened, jewelry in my hand, into the fire and voila! a golden calf?? Whatever!! We are all responsible for our actions and the steps we take in this life. Just like in Ex 32 verses "32But now, if you will only forgive their sin--but if not, erase my name from the record you have written!" Wow, Moses was wanting to take the place for those ruthless people? However God had a different plan, 33But the Lord replied to Moses, "No, I will erase the name of everyone who has sinned against me." Just goes to show that we cant be punished for others sin, just like we can't take away others sins either. They must worship.,believe, repent, love the One true God, and then through Jesus and the shed blood to take away our sins, then we shall be forgiven! Praise God!!

Exodus 32:1 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.”

Today’s readings brought up many thoughts regarding why Aaron would have made the calf? Mike brings up a really interesting point about spiritual boredom being partially responsible and Ramona added wonderful insight regarding the possibility that Aaron could have been missing the limelight of leadership played during the coming out of Egypt. I was thinking it might be also related to forgetting about the goodness of God and His mercy. It is His mercy that leads to repentance. An interesting point Brian bought up is the similarities in Exodus and Matthew of today’s readings regarding betrayal. Jesus is betrayed by Peter and Judas and God the Father is betrayed by His people the Israelites. All of us like Peter tend to think we would never betray the Master but our God has given us the free will to move in any direction we wish, this being both a blessing and a curse.

The reason I participate in the readings and force myself to comment is because I know it engages me, keeping me in His word and focused on His message. Ramona, I never would have made the connection of the definition of boredom having the attribute of laziness but as I think about it, it really makes sense.


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