And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it. He said to Aaron, “What did these people do to you, that you led them into such great sin?” “Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil. They said to me, ‘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.’ So I told them, ‘Whoever has any gold jewelry, take it off.’ Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf!” Exodus 32:20-24
Moses came down from Mount Sinai after meeting with God to find the people dancing and indulging in revelry. Moses’ anger over the people and their actions is captured in today’s verses. Aaron’s shirking of his part in the people’s sin is exacerbated by his excuse of how the idol calf was formed. Despite Aaron’s sin and shortcomings God still anoints Aaron as the high priest. In this we see God’s forgiveness of sins. Who among us is without sin? A number of today’s pastors and religious leaders came out of a sinful past (don’t all of us). Their leadership positions today demonstrates God’s mercy and His forgiving nature. Let us all be thankful for our loving God.