“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 14 – meaning of Aaron

I have waited a long time to add this chapter. I am led to read and record down the meanings of names from the Bible. I will focus on recording down fresh original concepts as they come to me spiritually. I realize that this is an entirely new navigation, but I look forward to more uncharted waters…the wind, yes, even the stormy sea.

Today we start with A: Aaron: Aaron was the first high priest of Israel. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Aaron is: Lofty; exalted; high mountain; teacher. Aaron was Moses’ older brother (and keeper by God’s command), assisting Moses in the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and their years of living in the wilderness. Aaron was assigned by God to perform the holiest duty, representing the people of Israel giving various offerings to God.

Aaron also represented a father of sons. He lost two in a shocking and tragic ‘accident’ resultant from them deliberately disobeying God. He was forbidden to grieve and mourn like a natural father. We read the following incident and take heed what it meant to be Aaron.

Leviticus 10 (Please read the whole chapter yourself. I only quote in part here):

10:1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, and put incense on it, and offered strange and unholy fire before the Lord, as He had not commanded them. And there came forth fire from before the Lord and killed them, and they died before the Lord.

10:3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord meant when He said, I [and My will, not their own] will be acknowledged as hallowed by those who come near Me, and before all the people I will be honored.” And Aaron said nothing. 10:8And the Lord said to Aaron, …”10 You shall make a distinction and recognize a difference between the holy and the common or unholy, and between the unclean and the clean;…11 And you are to teach the Israelites all the statutes which the Lord has spoken to them by Moses…”

After this tragic incident, Moses discovered that the goat for the sin offering was burned up [as waste] and not eaten by them as commanded! And he was angry with the surviving two sons of Aaron who assisted their father as priests. Read how Aaron replied to Moses as follows:

10:19 But Aaron said to Moses, Behold, this very day in which they have [obediently] offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the Lord, such [terrible calamities] have befallen me [and them]! If I [and they] had eaten the most holy sin offering today [humbled as we have been by the sin of our kinsmen and God’s judgment upon them], would it have been acceptable in the sight of the Lord? 20 And when Moses heard that, he was pacified.

Aaron’s reply revealed two important truth concerning his name:

  1. God accepted their earlier offerings because they followed exactly as commanded (Leviticus 9:22-24), but Aaron and his sons should never ever presume they could do anything anyhow. He was exalted as long as he obeyed God’s words. But he was humbled immediately when his sons disobeyed God’s words. The meaning of his name changed instantly from being ‘exalted’ to being ‘humbled’.
  2. God’s words came to pass just as commanded. Obedience to God’s words would make a distinction and recognize a difference between the holy and the common or unholy, and between the unclean and the clean. God requires this difference be made in His kingdom.

Psalm 138:2 (ESV) I bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness, for You have exalted above all things Your name and Your word. Psalm 138:1-3 (in Context) Psalm 138 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

John 8:31  [ The Truth Will Set You Free ] So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, John 8:30-32 (in Context) John 8 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:6-8 (in Context) John 15 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
1 John 2:14 I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 1 John 2:13-15 (in Context) 1 John 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations



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