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How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!  It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robes. Psalm 133


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            Aaron, the first High Priest                                                                        This is a true story!
 
Family: Aaron's parents were Amram and Jochebed.  He had a brother, Moses, and a sister, Miriam.  When he was grown he had a family of his own.  His wife's name was Elisheba and his sons were: Eleazar, Ithamar, Nadab and Abihu.  Nadab and Abihu were struck dead by God when they offered strange fire in the role of priests.  Eleazar and Ithamar took their place as priests and did a good job.

Job/Occupation: Aaron is known for his role as the first high priest.  In Old Testament times, the high priest was the one that represented people before God. We also know that before he was high priest.  Aaron was the spokesman for his brother, Moses.  God knew that Aaron could 'speak well' and Moses was 'slow of speech'.  So Aaron spoke for Moses when they represented God before Pharaoh.  Aaron also performed many miracles with Moses that we read about in the book of Exodus.

Significant Events: Aaron was 83 years old when he and Moses spoke for God to Pharaoh.  They told him that God wanted his people, the Israelites, to be freed from Egypt so that they could worship God in the desert.  Pharaoh would not listen and many plagues, showing God's power, came upon his land until he finally let God's people go.  These are referred to as the 10 plagues and can be read about in Exodus 7-12.

Once the Israelites were free from Egypt, they wandered in the desert for 40 years. Aaron was their high priest during this time.  Although Aaron was a good man, he made some bad choices that made God angry such as making a golden calf, an idol, for the people to worship while Moses was on Mount Sinai (Exodus 32:5).  He also shared in Moses' sin at Merbah when Moses struck a rock to get water for the people instead of speaking to the rock as he had been commanded by God.

Death of Aaron: Aaron died on Mount Hor.  His robes, which the high priest wore, were taken and given to his son, Eleazar, who became the next high priest.  Moses, his brother, and Eleazar, his son, were present at his death and buried him.  The entire Israelite community mourned his death for 30 days.  (Numbers 20: 22-29)

 

 


Aaron in Pharaoh's court - God turned his rod into a serpent.  When Pharaoh's magicians turned their rods into serpents, Aaron's gobbled theirs up.
 
Aaron was 123 years old when he died.

 Aaron's name means 'enlightener'.

Amram married his father's sister, Jochebed

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Amram

Nadab

Ithamar

 

  Murial

  Jochebed

  Hannah

 

 



 

 

 

 

Jochebed

Elisheba

Miriam

 

 

 

 

Jochebed

Elisheba

Miriam

 

  Nadab

  Moses

  Eleazar

 

 



 

 

 

 

Amos &
Andy

Eleazar &
Ithamar

Nadab &
Abihu

 

 

 

Amos &
Andy

Eleazar &
Ithamar

Nadab &
Abihu

 

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