Because you asked:
Here are the ten observations about Aaron’s “pardon” after the calf incident (in a succinct list):
- We may not know the answers, but God gets it right every time (Psa. 19:9)
- God used this action of Aaron to teach us the need for our own holy High Priest (Heb.5:1-4).
- God had just spent chapters 28-31 saying “The priests will sin, but I will cleanse,” (Heb.5:3;9:7).
- Aaron had already been called at the time of the calf-building, but not yet consecrated as priest (Ex.28:7).
- Aaron was not exempt from punishment (Nos. 20:12, 24-29)
- His penitence seems evident from Exodus 20:26.
- Levites were chosen shortly after this to claim the hallowed first-born place in Israel (Nos 3:5-13; Nos. 8:1-16).
- It appears that the reason for this “firstborn” status (the consecrating of Levites for the firstborn) was the repentance of Exodus 32:26-28.
- This consecration seems to be a partial fulfillment of Genesis 49:5-7.
- There had to be a firstborn substitute (Nos 3:44ff)
Hope this is helpful. Watch early next week for updates about three things:
- March for Life in late January.
- Israel/Rome trip in 2022
- A few remaining shirts/hoodies. (Please don’t order in these comments. We will put them in the store at www.thecolleyhouse next week when we are sure everyone who already ordered has received. They will be very limited sizes and quantities and must be ordered in the store. Thanks very much. This is necessary in order for us to not sell the same shirt twice! Please do let us know if you have not received your previous shirt orders via FB message.)
Have the best kind of blessed week-end. I hope your world is as beautiful as Huntsville, Alabama is during late October!