I teach first and second grade Sunday school. They are so cute with their missing teeth and lisps. I knew that I would probably end up learning more than they did when I started. That has proven to be true.
This week’s lesson was about the golden calf in Exodus 28. The Israelites had seen God perform several miracles by this time. When Moses went up to Mount Sinai for 40 days, they got scared and thought they would have no leader. So they got together and talked Aaron into making them a golden calf for them to worship.
What was interesting to me was that while Moses was on the mountain with God and God was writing the Ten Commandments on the stone tablets, the Israelites were partying, drinking etc. God told Moses that He would be using Aaron as High Priest, and his sons as the priesthood. Now God is omnipotent so He knew that the whole time He was speaking what Aaron would be, Aaron was in sin and leading others in sin. Yet from His perspective, the sin was fleeting. Aaron would end up being High priest and pleasing to God but he made a detour first.
We need to remember that we are human and have fleeting times of sin, but that will not thwart the plan of God. Because of His mercy, He moves on us and in us to will to do His good pleasure. It also helps when we are praying for others to remember that detours happen. Let’s remember what God is making us into instead of where we might be right now.