Updated: Jan 20, 2022
No one enjoys being confronted with their sin. Regardless of the depth, people would rather their sin remain hidden and put away privately, if ever! Unfortunately, many people are unwilling to deal with their sin until consequences occur and confrontation becomes necessary. Often repentance is not immediate and excuses become the typical response, even for leaders such as Aaron. Notice his response when Moses caught him and the Israelites in the act of sin after meeting with God on Mt. Sinai.
Ex. 32:21-24 “And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?”
Excuse 1 - It was THEIR fault!
“And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief.”
Excuse 2 - It was YOUR fault!
“For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.”
Excuse 3 - It was NOBODY’S fault!
“And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.”
LESSON - Aaron placed blame upon everyone except himself. Adam & Eve responded in like manner after God confronted them with their sin. No one likes guilt, but it must be acknowledged before repentance can occur. Prov. 28:13 “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
You might as well go ahead and confess your unrepentant sin because God already knows about it! It’s the first step towards repentance and ultimately reconciliation.