Leadership passion – is my heart on fire for the Lord?
Aaron knew how to be a placating leader – just give the people what they want. Don’t stand your ground, and don’t take responsibility (he blamed the people for what he made). He tried to mix together the true faith in the Lord with the false religions of Egypt and Canaan – worshiping something you can see, an animal – and then calling it “the Lord”.
Moses shows himself to be a leader for the Lord. He is full of passion – he calls on the Levites to exact judgment and killing on the sinning people – so the people would know there would be justice among God’s people. Moses is also full of compassion – loving the people even when they sin, and asking God not to destroy them all, though that would be fair. Moses has a passion for God’s reputation – he wants the world to know the Lord is the one true God.
Leadership passion – there are a lot of questions that come up in this chapter, but the common thread is that a heart on fire for God changes the world, and lives with integrity, and does not compromise, even when the people ask you. Lord, give me the strength to follow you, and to lead with integrity.