Sunday, May 6, 2012
Aaron is us
The Word for today:
Deuteronomy 24, 25
Aaron is often overlooked by Christians. We know him, vaguely, as Moses’ brother, but other than that he gets lost in the background.
So if Aaron is lost to you, find him! We have a whole lot to learn from Aaron, because Aaron is us.
Moses foreshadows Jesus Christ as the lawgiver and the Deliverer:
Moses pronounced the law at Mt. Sinai; Jesus pronounced the enhanced version of the law in the Sermon on the Mount.
Moses led the people of Israel out of their captivity in Egypt; Jesus led captivity itself captive:
When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men. (Ephesians 4:8)
1. Aaron, as Moses’ prophet (1), foreshadows the church, who proclaim the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.
The church-era prophet is a forth-teller, proclaiming the Word of the LORD which was already spoken through Moses, Samuel, David, Matthew, Paul, Peter, etc. The church-era prophet, then, is very much in the position of Aaron the prophet.
2. Aaron as priest foreshadows the church, who are a kingdom of priests (2).
How can we be both prophet and priest?
When I write this blog, or when you tuck your kids in bed with a Bible story, or when you stand for God’s Word in a discussion at work, then we are functioning as prophets like Aaron.
When we pray for someone, we are functioning as priests like Aaron.
3. The tribes were given an allotment in the Promised Land. But as a Levite (the tribe assigned to religious duties) Aaron received no inheritance in the Promised Land. Instead, God was his inheritance. That is the position of the believer today.
God has promised us spiritual blessings; He Himself is our inheritance. The church is never promised temporal blessings. Be sure that he will feed and clothe us, like the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. But we should not direct our prayers or expectations toward material blessings. Our prayers and expectations should be focused on an ever-closer relationship with God. He is our portion and our cup.
(1) Exodus 4:15-16; 7:1; (2) 1Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6; 5:10; 20:6