I am currently taking an Old Testament class for my degree in Religion. While reading through the chapters, I have come across several great people of God. One person that stood out to me was Aaron, son of Amram and the brother of Moses. God sent Aaron to meet up with Moses so that he could help with the Exodus.(Ex.4:14, 27-30). Aaron’s mission was to “speak” for Moses. Whenever Moses would meet with Pharaoh, Aaron was his “backup”. Aaron remained faithful to his brother and was even allowed to see God’s glory while Moses was at the top of the mount. Unfortunately, Aaron decided to make a golden calf for the Israelites to idolize and worship. Once Moses came down from the mount and found out what Aaron had done, he had to intercede for his brother before God. God forgave Aaron.
Even though Moses looked out for Aaron, he (Aaron) along with his sister Miriam went behind Moses’ back about his choice in a wife. Miriam’s punishment was leprosy. Once again Moses interceded for Aaron and as a result, he(Aaron) and Miriam were forgiven. Num. 20:8-13 says, “Take the rod, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to give forth its water, and you shall bring forth to them water out of the rock; so you shall give the congregation and their livestock drink.9 So Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as He commanded him. And Moses and Aaron assembled the congregation before the rock and Moses said to them, Hear now, you rebels; must we bring you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand and with his rod he smote the rock twice. And the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, Because you did not believe in (rely on, cling to) Me to sanctify Me in the eyes of the Israelites, you therefore [b]shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. These are the waters of Meribah [strife], where the Israelites contended with the Lord and He showed Himself holy among them.”
Wow, So after all Moses and Aaron went through, they didn’t get to see the promised land. I became so upset with Aaron because he had already been forgiven so many times. Then, that’s when it hit me. I thought to myself, “I make dumb mistakes repeatedly just like Aaron did and I am filled with the Holy Spirit”. That just blew my mind. We often look at people in the Bible as superstars and wish that we could be like them. The truth of the matter is, they are looking at us like, “Naw, yall the ones with the power.” Gal. 5:22 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.” Since we are filled with the Spirit, our lives should reflect the fruit of the Spirit. I’m not saying that we will never make mistakes, but we have something inside of us that the people in the Old Testament didn’t have (The Holy Spirit). So if God used them to do the great things we read about, imagine what we (as Spirit-filled believers) have the ability to do.
I encourage anyone reading this to meditate on scriptures on being led by the Spirit. I pray that God will open our eyes to the beauty of His glory. I pray that He will use us a vessels to spread His Word to the nations. Love you all. Amen.