Recently, while reading Numbers 20:22-28, something struck me. Actually, it was the lack of something that struck me…
The Lord told Moses and Aaron to go up the mountain and there Aaron would die.
That was it.
The text methodically describes Moses and Aaron carrying out the Lord’s commands and unemotionally reports that Aaron did indeed die.
- Moses was losing his brother, after begging God not to send him into ministry alone.
- Eleazar was losing his father and taking the spiritual responsibility for his entire nation.
- And Aaron was walking to his death.
Bear in mind that this was long before the grace-filled message of Jesus. Aaron, as high priest, intimately knew the immense chasm that existed between his people and Holy God. Not long before, Moses and Aaron had witnessed God violently killing two men, their families and 250 others. And what was the sin for which they were condemned? – Trying to approach God and bring an unauthorized offering.
In addition, Moses and Aaron had just found themselves firmly implanted on God’s “naughty” list at Meribah.
Yet, not a peep out of any of them? No tears? No indication of the cause of Aaron’s death? No one throwing themselves down in humble petition? Not a hint of emotion or response of any kind?
*Keep all that in mind as we continue…
In Numbers 27:13, God tells Moses to go up another mountain where he will die, reminding him again in 31:1.
And then Moses wrote the book of Deuteronomy, in which 6 chapters contain detailed reviews of their journey and much of the book frequently reiterates the central theme of obedience.
Anyone else wonder if Moses was stalling? 😉