The Beginning of the Priesthood

It’s easy to look back and see how God was working all along. We can see how He was setting us apart, removing people who were no longer any good for us, shutting doors we didn’t want to shut, and a host of other examples. But while going through those experiences, we could barely see pass our tears, let alone believe God had anything to do with this heartache. 

That’s the funny thing about hindsight. Once we’re passed it, everything makes sense. It makes so much sense we can’t believe we didn’t see it sooner. 

The Beginning of the Priesthood

It’s like the story of Joseph we recently finished studying. His brothers threw him into a pit, which led him to become a slave in Potiphar’s house, which landed him in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, and finally landing in Pharoah’s house as second in command over all of Egypt. 

No one thought his life would turn out like that, not even Joseph. 

Exodus, Our Second Book of Study

In this second book of the Bible, Exodus, we see God doing the same thing again. He’s preparing a people to become a nation and He is preparing a man to become a priest, who will birth generations of priests who will serve God in His dwelling place.

When you hear the book of Exodus being mentioned the first thing you think about is Moses’ role in bringing the children of Israel (Jacob) out of Egypt. Moses did this. Moses did that. Aaron is an afterthought.

Here’s how the priesthood for the dwelling place of God began. God told Moses He wanted him to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let His people go. Moses made up excuses for why he couldn’t. One of them being a speech problem. This made God angry. 

For the first time in history someone decided God had to be mistaken in choosing him. Moses had the nerve to ask God to send someone else instead of him – even after God told him He would help him with his speech.

How Many Times Have You Told God No

Let’s pause for a moment. How many times have you told God to send someone else? How many times have you made excuses to get out of what God has told you to do? I know I have done this way too many times. 

Just a thought – could this be why so many believers lives are not where they should be? I mean, you might think you should be further along financially, spiritually, physically, or mentally. Have you considered it’s because you haven’t done what God told you to do?

 Maybe you’re like a pilot. You’ve been given orders to wait for the go ahead. The plane sits on the runway, waiting for takeoff, but for some unknown reason you don’t have the okay to continue. Then you find out the plane has been grounded. You don’t know for how long or even why. 

It’s not until you get into a meeting with your boss that you find out the results of your last physical came back, and you’re not fit to fly the plane. 

If you had flown the plane you would have put everyone’s life in danger, including yours. Now you have to fix whatever the problem is, or you’ll never fly again. 

In Walks Aaron

Thank God for His saving grace. His mission was too important to have Moses backing out because of speech problems. God suggests Aaron speak for him. Aaron agrees without any excuses. 

Moses’ and Aaron’s father is Levi. The same group of people who later became known as the Levitical tribe. They worked in the Tabernacle and Temples of God. This was the set apart tribe, who had God as their inheritance. 

Without realizing where his life was going to go, Aaron in one instance became the mouthpiece of God. This elevated him to the role of a prophet. And soon he would become the High Priest of God in the Tabernacle. 

Aaron had been living his life, minding his own business, doing whatever he was doing. You never hear of him seeking a position. What he did do though was accept God’s offer to be Moses’ mouthpiece. 

The Results of Obedience

Because of this one obedient act, Aaron’s bloodline would be the rightful heir to the royal priesthood. His bloodline will stand before the God of all gods, offering gifts upon His altar, acknowledging who He is and what He has done.   

That’s how obedience works. The act of obedience will not only bless you, but it will bless your generations to come. This is a legacy worth leaving. 

Wouldn’t you like to leave a worthwhile legacy to your family? All you have to do is be obedient to what God has told you to do. Don’t make excuses. Accept His offer and let Him figure out how everything will happen. After all, He knew all of your shortcomings long before He even asked you to do a thing for Him. Trust that He knows you better than you know yourself.

When God chose you to do this thing for Him, remember, He chose the right person for the job. 

Be blessed today.

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