“Increase our Faith” (Luke 17:5). As we travel through the scriptures this year, we are looking at how faith, belief, and trust are present in the stories and incidents of Bible characters. The faith or lack of faith of a person ought to spur us on toward faith. Let’s use the fruit and results of their lives to help us increase our faith.
Today, as I was reading the last half of Exodus, I was struck by the story of Aaron, Moses’ brother and first high priest of the Hebrew religious system. Particularly chapter 32 when the people became impatient when the man of God spent more time in the presence of the Lord than they wanted him to. In their impatient state they asked Aaron to make a god for them rather than faith in Yahwah, the invisible. Interestingly, they even named the golden calf they fashioned Yahweh.
The questions I had of the text pertained to Aaron and how he failed in his faith. He was the appointed and anointed High Priest. He could speak for the Lord. He saw miracles. He was in the presence of Moses as He heard from God. He knew all the spiritual and material articles of the tabernacle and vestments of the priests. He had access to the urim and the thummim.
So what happened? His faith failed. His trust in the Lord wavered. His memory of all that had happened waned. Why? What was the state of his soul that he could so easily be bent towards bowing the the request of the people? What words or actions were so convincing that he agreed to go along with their crazy idea? What part of “you will have no other gods before me,” did they not understand? Where the voices so loud and obnoxious that he relented out of shear overwhelming? What did Aaron think he would gain from the decision? He built the alter, he planned the festival, he agreed to the revelry, he participated in the eating and drinking.
I am going to pray about this today. I don’t want something like this to happen to me.