Thursday, October 13, 2011

Exodus 4:27-31 Reunion

"The LORD said to Aaron,
'Go into the desert to meet Moses.'
So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him.

Then Moses told Aaron everything the LORD had sent him to say,
and also about all the miraculous signs he had commanded him to perform.

Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites,
and Aaron told them everything the LORD had said to Moses.
He also performed the signs before the people, and they believed.

And when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them
and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshipped."

Several things came to mind when I read this passage:
  1. Aaron had to have a good measure of faith himself if he was willing to go out into the desert to meet a brother he hadn't seen in forty years.  It would have been easy for Aaron to just ignore the LORD's prompting him to go meet Moses, and just figure that he had not heard from God, but was simply missing his brother.
  2. Also, if Aaron met his brother at the mountain of God, he must have been sent on his journey even before Moses had finished trying to tell God that he was inadequate for the job of deliverer.  So before Moses even came up with his 'excuses' for why he could not go to Egypt, God had already sent the answer to his concerns (Aaron) on his way to meet Moses.  Since the mountain of God is Horeb (Exodus 3:1), the place where Moses first saw God in the burning bush, then almost as soon as Moses agreed to go to Egypt, Aaron would have arrived to accompany him.
  3. Moses and Aaron first met with the elders of Israel.  This was a wise choice, because the last time Moses left Egypt, he had been a fugitive running for his life.  It would be best for the elders to hear his message first, both out of respect for their position among the Israelites, and to show the people that his message was legitimate.
  4. Moses was careful to perform before the people the signs which the LORD had given him, as he had been told to do.
  5. The people believed God had sent Moses and Aaron, and they were also grateful that the LORD had actually heard their prayers and that He was concerned about them.  This led to worship.  Not only was this a reunion between Moses and Aaron, but also between God and the Israelites, as they realized that the LORD had not forgotten them but had seen everything which had happened to them.

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