One of my favorite moments of grace can be found in the Old Testament. In the book of Exodus, chapter 28 God chooses Aaron as the first high priest that will minister to Him. After instructing Moses on the construction of the tabernacle, God commands him to have special garments made for Aaron to wear. (Exodus 28:2-4).
God then describes exactly how each garment should look. One piece of the special clothing that God describes in detail is a gold plate. The plate is to be fixed to a turban for Aaron to wear on his head. On that plate, God commands that the words “Holy to the Lord” be written (Exodus 28:36-38).
Holy means separated for a special purpose. Out of all the men in Israel, only Aaron will be allowed into the holy of holies when construction of the tabernacle is complete. So, Aaron must have been a special man to be chosen by God for this purpose. He must have done something incredible to deserve this honor. Aaron must have been a perfect man, free from sin.
On the contrary, oo you remember when Moses was on top of Mount Sinai receiving the covenant from God? Do you remember that at the same time the Israelites where down at the bottom of the mountain worshipping a golden calf? Do you remember who made the false god for them? The account can be found in Exodus 32:1-35. It’s Aaron! Aaron is the one who made a false god for the Israelites to worship! Aaron is decidedly not perfect, and he is not free from sin.
Does it sound amazing to you that God would identify Aaron as “Holy to the Lord” and choose him to serve as His high priest? I’d certainly agree. But, that’s grace.