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Friday, May 10 2013
Why Did Jesus Christ Choose Aaron?
"And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron"
A key understanding of the Holy Bible, both Old and New Testament, is that Jesus Christ was and is "the LORD God" who was recorded right from the beginning of Genesis (see also The Kingdom Of The LORD God).
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10;1-4 KJV)
When the LORD summoned Moses, the calling of Aaron had already been done. Notice that at the time of the calling of Moses, the LORD had already selected Aaron to be his "word" i.e. "Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart."
"4:1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.
Many regard this verse to be very strange, but it is entirely appropriate to the prophetic-of-the-Messiah purpose of Aaron's ministry as the prophet of God.
"7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet." (Exodus 7:1 KJV)
Why did the Messiah choose Aaron then? As a prophecy of the Messiah Himself:
"5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: 5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. 5:3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. 5:4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. 5:5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee." (Hebrews 5:1-5 KJV)
Everything that Aaron was given to do was a prophetic portrayal of the coming Messiah - from the slaughter of the Passover lamb, to the delivery of His blood sacrifice to God, as portrayed by and on the Day of Atonement (see The Day Of Atonement: It's All About Christianity). Those who still regard the Levite priesthood as an end in itself (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism) do not yet realize that it has always been about Christianity (see the Fact Finder question below).
"9:1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 9:2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 9:5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
The accessory sacrifices were done as a symbolic sinlessness of Aaron the High Priest, something that did not apply to the Messiah because He was already sinless (see The Blood Of Bulls And Goats).
"9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:11-14 KJV)
Fact Finder: How were the Holy Days that the LORD gave to ancient Israel always about Christianity?
This Day In History, May 10
70: During the Siege of Jerusalem, Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, opened a full-scale assault on Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots).
1285: King Philip III of Spain was succeeded by Philip IV.
1291: Scottish nobles acknowledged the royal authority of Edward I of England.
1307: Robert the Bruce, Scottish king fought an English attacking force of cavalry under Aylmer de Valence at the battle of Louden Hill in Ayrshire.
1497: Amerigo Vespucci left Cadiz, Spain for his first voyage to the New World, which would be named "America" after him. In geographic and political reality, all of the people of America, from Canada at the northernmost point of the continent of North America, to Argentina in the southernmost point of the continent of South America, are "Americans."
1503: Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands. He named them Las Tortugas after the many turtles found there.
1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier landed on Newfoundland.
1655: Jamaica was taken by the British after being held by the Spanish for over 160 years (from the time of the explorations of Christopher Columbus; see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1773: The Parliament of Britain passed the Tea Act. Its purpose was to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade.
1774: King Louis XV of France died of smallpox. He became king at the age of five on the death of his great-grandfather, Louis XIV.
1794: Elizabeth, the sister of French King Louis XVI, was beheaded.
1796: Napoleon's Army of Italy defeated the Austrians under Baron Beaulieu at the Battle of Lodi, southeast of Milan. Over 2,000 Austrians were killed or wounded.
1798: British explorer George Vancouver died. He sailed with Captain James Cook to Australia and New Zealand and to the west coast of North America where Vancouver Island and Vancouver B.C. are named after him.
1801: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declared war on the U.S., thereby beginning the First Barbary War.
1857: The Seepoys of India revolted against the British rule.
1865: Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War, was captured by Union forces.
1871: France and Germany signed a peace treaty in Frankfurt by which France ceded Alsace-Lorraine.
1881: King Carol I, Romania's first king, was crowned ("Carol" and "Carolus" are the Latin basis of what later became the name Germanic and English name Charles).
1933: Nazis in Berlin burned books by Jewish authors, including those by Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1940: Germany invaded Belgium and the Netherlands. Neville Chamberlain resigned as British Prime Minister; Winston Churchill, then first lord of the Admiralty, formed a coalition government with Conservative, Liberal and Labour members.
1941: Nazi government member Rudolf Hess flew a Messerschmitt fighter from Augsburg, Germany and parachuted out near Glasgow, Scotland, with his unauthorized "offer of peace" with Britain. He was imprisoned for the rest of his life.
1948: The Republic of China implemented measures granting President Chiang Kai-shek extended powers to deal with the Communist uprising.
1960: The US nuclear submarine USS Triton completed the first underwater circumnavigation of the Earth.
1981: Francois Mitterrand won the French presidential election and became the first Socialist president of France in the Fifth Republic.
1994: Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's first black President.
2005: In Tbilisi, Georgia (one of the fifteen former republics of the Soviet Union), a hand grenade thrown at visiting U.S. President George W. Bush landed a few feet from him - but the old Russian-made RGD-5 grenade failed to detonate. The attempted assassin, Vladimir Arutyunian, an Armenian who was born in Georgia, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.