AARON

AARON; (Hebrew: אַהֲרֹן); was the brother of Moses, a prophet, and high priest... Not too shabby!!  He comes into the 'Biblical picture when Moses is trying (albeit unsuccessfully), to get out of what God has called him to do..  By the way people..  DON'T EVER argue with your maker!!  You AIN'T winning!!  Anywayy.. Moses actually kindles God's anger by trying to tell God, (in a nutshell), that 'he has severe stage fright.)  Back up man, slowly pull your head outta your dark rectum, and SEE clearly who you are speaking with!  God knew EVERY FAULT of Moses before He EVER spoke to him.  So anyway - God says 'what about your brother, Aaron??  I will send him with you and HE will speak for you!!  So it is then when we see (for the first time), Aaron pop into the picture..

 ~..And without further ado ~ Aaron's story~

 Biblically speaking..  No one (but God; o'course & fosho!); really knows when Aaron was born.. Only that he was Moses' older brother..  We DO know, howev, that Aaron was born in Goshen, Egypt.. And unlike his younger brother Moses, (who grew up in the pomp and pamphili splendor of the Egyptian palace),  Aaron grew up like his elder sis, Miriam, & all his Israeli peers in Egypt.. In the land of Goshen... 

 

The LORD sent Aaron out to the wilderness to meet Moses on his way to meet with Pharaoh..  No doubt THAT was a tear-filled reunion.. The LORD was able to work thru Aaron and Moses like a finely tuned & well oiled machine..  Thru 10 plagues, they did ALL that The LORD commanded them do.  During the plagues (10 in all);  God transforms Aaron's rod turn into a snake.. Then Aaron stretched out his rod in order to bring on the first three plagues.. After that, Moses seemed to've gotten over his stage freight, and began act and speak to Pharaoh for himself, though Aaron remained alongside him throughout the whole ride, as it were..  

 

During the Exodus, Aaron, Moses, and the Israelites set out from Goshen, with a stop in Succoth; to collect the bones of Joseph, back to the land of Canaan.. Well - that was supposed to be the plan.. But due to the children of Israel's stiff necks.. and their unbelief.. They never made it into the promised land.  Here is the route map; courtesy of Bible.ca... During the journey in the wilderness, Aaron was not always prominent or active. Moses took center stage.  At the battle with Amalek, however, Aaron along with Hur, to support the hand of Moses that held the "rod of God."  When the revelation was given to Moses at Mount Sinai, he headed the elders of Israel who accompanied Moses on the way to the summit. While Joshua went with Moses to the top, however, Aaron and Hur remained below to look after the people.. Spurred on from the Israelites; Aaron makes a golden calf for them; which nearly provokes God to destroy them; but Moses intercedes for them, thus saving them from their destruction.. From here on in Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers, Joshua appears in the role of Moses' assistant while Aaron functions instead as the first high priest.  Very cool stuff!!

The family of Aaron had the exclusive right and responsibility to make offerings on the altar to the LORD. The rest of his tribe, the Levites, were given subordinate responsibilities within the sanctuary.. (Numbers 3). Moses anointed and consecrated Aaron and his sons to the priesthood, and arrayed them in the robes of office.. (Leviticus 8;  Exodus 28-29). He also related to them God's detailed instructions for performing their duties while the rest of the Israelites listened (Leviticus 1-7, 11-27). Aaron and his successors as high priest were given control over the Urim and Thummim by which the will of God could be determined.. (Exodus 28:30).

 

Like Moses, Aaron, was not permitted to enter Canaan with the Israelites; because the two brothers showed impatience at Meribah (Kadesh), supposedly the water from the rock split by Moses is still flowing with a stream of water), in the last year of the desert pilgrimage (Numbers 20:12-13), when the LORD, thru Moses, brought forth water from a rock.. Although commanded to speak to the rock, Moses struck it with the staff twice, which was construed as displaying a lack of indifference to the LORD.. Nevertheless, the LORD still split the rock, thus giving the Israelites water from the rock.. 'Cause He's just GOOD like that.😉 (Numbers 20:7-11).
 

soon after the 'rock striking' incident at Meribah, Aaron with his son Eleazar and Moses ascended Mount Hor. There Moses stripped Aaron of his priestly garments and transferred them to Eleazar. Aaron died on the summit of the mountain, and the people mourned for him thirty days (Numbers 20:22-29)..  He was 'purportedly', buried here.. Closer??  Inside??  And closer..

 

Aaron was 123 at the time of his death.

TRIVIA

The Gospel of Luke records that both Zechariah and Elizabeth and therefore their son John the Baptist were descendants of Aaron.

Aaron had 4 sons.. Eleazar, Ithamar, Nadab and Abihu..  Eleazar's tomb is here.

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