30 On the next day Moses said to the people, “You yourselves have committed a great sin; and now I am going up to the LORD, perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.” 31 Then Moses returned to the LORD, and said, “Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves. 32 “But now, if You will, forgive their sin–and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!” 33 The LORDsaid to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book. 34 “But go now, lead the people where I told you. Behold, My angel shall go before you; nevertheless in the day when I punish, I will punish them for their sin.” 35 Then the LORD smote the people, because of what they did with the calf which Aaron had made.
Perhaps Aaron’s biggest dilemma was that he felt all the people were against him when they asked him to make an idol for them. But as we see, it was in fact just a small group of people. Still big enough to cause trouble, but not the entire nation. What he had failed to realize is that there were others still serving God. When you feel the pressure, and think that everybody is doing something, and the whole world is against you, remember this: you are not alone. Even if the whole world was actually against you, God is on your side. And that’s all that matters in the end.