Aaron therefore went to the altar and killed the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself. (Leviticus 9:8)
There is a tradition in Judaism that suggests Aaron was extremely hesitant to approach the Tabernacle in order to enter into his duties. This tradition is based on the belief that, because of his involvement with the sin of the Golden Calf, he was understandably contrite and cautious. In short, Aaron did not enter into his duties with a sense of pride and accomplishment but with humility. To underscore this notion is the fact that, before he was permitted to represent the people, one of his first duties was to sacrifice a sin offering for himself.
Regardless of Aaron’s motivation to walk timidly into his duties, the lesson this presents to us is critical — humility is a prerequisite for properly serving the Almighty. Leaders, especially, should not think too highly of themselves just because their position is notable. To the contrary, greater responsibility should prompt greater humility because, as we know, leaders will be held to a higher standard. Why? Those in leading roles have the ability to positively or negatively influence many people. So then, what greater way to influence God’s people than to exhibit genuine humility and sincerity.
The Bible tells us that Moses was the meekest man in the earth, and it is my view that this is one of the main reasons he was chosen to lead God’s people. All of us, whether we are in leadership or not, have the responsibility to authentically represent the Almighty and, therefore, are charged to so with a humble spirit. As we know, this is one of the primary expectations God has for all of His people, and so, we will close with the words of the prophet Micah who said:
He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
Blessings and Shalom,