The Bible character Aaron did many amazing things. Being appointed Moses’ spokesperson was quite an achievement, and having the position of first high priest of the nation Israel wasn’t too shabby either. But what impresses me most about Aaron is the time that he said nothing.
Scripture records that Aaron’s sons took their priestly duties too lightly and got arrogant before God. Not a good idea, apparently, as they were burned to death in the process. Then Moses scolded Aaron for what his sons had done. How did Aaron respond? The Biblical account says “He remained silent.”
There are times when it’s appropriate to reply, to question, or even to lash back with emotion. But knowing when to hold one’s tongue, and then having the maturity to do it, is a tremendous virtue requiring great depth of character.
Proverbs gives this advice: “The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.” How many times have I later wished I’d have just let something pass, rather than start a flood of emotion that wasted hours or damaged a relationship?
Aaron certainly earned my respect. And he didn’t have to say a word.
Whew – that is a toughy. Choosing to hold your tongue when necessary even in the face of strong emotions is truly a difficult thing to do. The Bible has a lot to say about how we use our tongues. Great observation on this account with Aaron.