On the surface, it looks like a plain old fashioned legitimacy crutch and you know how I LOATH legitimacy crutches, no matter how pretty or now temporary they are.
Moses wasn’t man enough to do the job he was designed before the foundation of the world to do. “No guts” in the vernacular. “No faith” if you want to be pious about it.
So, God sent Aaron to be Moses’ crutch, to speak for him, to help him feel more confident when he tiptoed into Pharaoh’s palace and presented an outrageous request from an unknown God.
That is true. He was a crutch for a little while until Moses grew into the job. By the fourth plague, Moses was becoming confident. By the seventh one he was on his own and Aaron was just along for the ride.
I think there is another story here though. God knew that Aaron was destined to be High Priest some time in the future. Moses probably had no idea the office would ever exist, since it never had for the Hebrews so far. But God knows about a lot of things that have never existed before and He plans meticulously in preparation for those things without human understanding or permission.
So my hunch is God’s strategy was quite the opposite of what it appears. Instead of Aaron helping Moses’ out with his insecure soul, Moses was unwittingly helping Aaron out with his underdeveloped spirit. In this whole experience of meeting with Pharaoh repeatedly, doing miracles and watching the effect of the plagues on Egypt, Aaron was getting an education about the God he would one day represent before the nation.
Groomed for a job he did not know existed. That is so like God.
Aaron was not the first and he was not the last. I look back on my life and ponder the strange places God has stuck me in order to train me for something that would come 20 years later. He was teaching me about fractals long before I knew what they were. He was training me for land work long before I knew there was such a thing as spiritual dynamics for land. He developed my spiritual discernment back when I didn’t even think there were demons.
On the job training is one of God’s specialties. Let’s celebrate all the jobs He trained for, before the jobs existed on earth.
Copyright September 2015 by Arthur Burk
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