每日诗歌: 偉大的愛 (http://www.mbcsfv.org/chinese/library/hymncampanions/025.html)
Numbers 16 [Read]
Numbers 17 [Read]
Mark 6:33-56 [Read]
Aaron is an intriguing character. He seemed to live in the shadow of his younger brother Moses. He had many flaws in his personality. He made the golden calf for the Israelites and, when asked, came up with a ridiculous excuse (Ex 32:24). He did not train his sons well, so they took God’s command lightly and died of offering unauthorized fire (Lv 10:1). Furthermore, he listened to the incitement of his sister Miriam and challenged the authority of Moses (Nu 12:2). Up to this point, Aaron was not seen with positive light. But God chose him anyway.
In today’s reading, Aaron did all the right things. When Levites challenged his position as the high priest, he stayed humble. When God’s wrath was to come down unto his own people, he fell face down with Moses to intercede for their lives (16:21:22). The most impressive thing was that he grabbed his censer, running into the midst of the people when plague had started (16:47), and he stood between the living and the dead. This took tremendous courage and a merciful heart, and the plague stopped because of that (16:48). It’s not a coincident that right after this episode, God spoke three times to him directly (18:1, 8, 20), which never happened before. Aaron was indeed a godly servant now.
It’s hard for me to relate to Moses because he was so godly and humble (12:3). He seldom made mistakes, and he seemed to know God’s will intimately. That is why he spoke to God face to face. Most of us are not like that. However, I think I can relate to Aaron. He was weak, easily corrupted, and stumbled badly along the way in serving God. There was nothing in his character that we saw would qualify him to be the high priest of the nation of Israel, but he was chosen to come near God (16:5). He was holy not because what he did, but because what God chose to do.
I think I know why God put Aaron in his history now. As we are called to be the royal priesthood (1 Pt 2:9), he wants us to remember that even Aaron was full of flaws. But God chose him anyway, just like he has chosen us. O Lord, thank you and help us remember this.
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