Kohath was the son of Levi. . But have you considered him as the guardian of a marvelous power? And this is according to the oath and covenant which belongeth to the priesthood (D&C 84:32–39). He’s still learning, still growing, still discovering himself, still discovering life. I felt like it should be understood like this: “unto the renewing of their bodies [so that] they become the sons of Moses and of Aaron and the seed of Abraham…” Imagine my shock, then, when reading the newest volume of the Joseph Smith Papers I discovered that the original manuscript for the revelation read “unto the renewing of their bodies that they become the sons of Moses and of Aaron and the seed of Abraham…” (p. 279 of The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations). Well, if you'll remember (of course you will!) And the sons of Moses and of Aaron shall be filled with the glory of the Lord, upon Mount Zion in the Lord’s house, whose sons are ye; and also many whom I have called and sent forth to build up my church. Consecration of Aaron and His Sons. He was born in Egypt three years before his brother Moses. Change ). What relationship does this have with the priesthood? These promises and obligations, in turn, establish a relationship of reliance between the two parties. Aaron is described in the Book of Exodus of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) as a son of Amram and Jochebed of the tribe of Levi, three years older than his brother Moses. For now he holds the lesser priesthood, the preparatory priesthood. But if he is faithful and true, he will someday hold the higher priesthood, the very force by which the worlds are and were created. 1 Chronicles 6:1-3 tells us that the father of Aaron, Moses, and Miriam was Amram. 25 Aaron’s son Eleazar married one of the daughters of Putiel and she had Phinehas. Although Aaronide pr… Later that day, Aaron and his remaining sons allowed the sin offering to burn up. . What are the implications? Of Moses? And he will be blessed with power from on high. As part of YHWH’s command to build a Tabernacle, he informs Moses that his brother Aaron and his sons are to become Israel’s kohanim,their priestly leaders: In Leviticus, Aaron and his sons are installed as priests in an elaborate ordination (מִלּוּאִים) ceremony conducted by Moses, after which their position as the official priesthood is established in perpetuity. The oath and covenant of the priesthood, contained in Doctrine and Covenants 84:33-41, summarizes the blessings and responsibilities associated with receiving the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods. He’s been in your living room every month, sitting on the piano bench petting the dog, waiting for you to fill that stiff, blue, fast-offering envelope. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. They become the sons of Moses and of Aaron and the seed of Abraham, and the church and kingdom, and the elect of God. You know him as a young man in your ward. Their father, Amram, was the firstborn of Levi's second son. The sons of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. Great insights. Family Tree. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Thus, Moses and Aaron were direct descendants of Levi, the son of Jacob. Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord (D&C 38:40–42). He’s a young man trusted by God with an awesome responsibility and power. Aaron had four sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, who were chosen as priests to minister in the tabernacle. The children of Amram were Aaron, Moses and Miriam. I guess I’m not sure how a renewal of one’s body would result in one becoming a son of Moses and Aaron, unless that simply means a recipient of the priesthood. He always wants to shoot “just a few more” baskets before he weeds the garden. And yet it is not. Like Moses, John also was a Levite. He is on the path of preparation that leads to full-time missionary service, to eternal marriage in the temple, to lifelong service as a father and a priesthood leader, to eventual exaltation in the celestial realms. Despite the blisters on his hands, he was there again the next morning. Moses speaks. Someday this son of Aaron will be a son of Moses, too. He is a servant of God, an heir to the kingdom. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The priesthood holder relies upon God for the spirit (v.33) and, eventually, for exaltation (v.38). And let your preaching be the warning voice, every man to his neighbor, in mildness and in meekness. And again, I say you, I give unto you a commandment, that every man, both elder, priest, teacher, and also member, go to with his might, with the labor of his hands, to prepare and accomplish the things which I have commanded. The Bible repeatedly says, “And Moses said unto the Israelites.” Aaron, on the other hand, does not say much. Through the Aaronic Priesthood, he is assigned to administer the outward ordinances of the gospel. Nadab and Abihu were the first two sons of Aaron the Levite by his marriage to Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab from the tribe of Judah. There they saw God with great clarity, walking on a pavement of sapphirestone, and shared a meal in God's presence, without be… Aaron and his wife Elisheba had four sons: Nadab, Abihu, Elazar and Itamar.1 The two older brothers are always mentioned as a unit, and we explore them accordingly. By a seven-day installation ceremony Aaron was invested with his sacred duties by Moses as God’s agent, and his four sons were also installed as underpriests. Aaron was the eldest son of Amram and Jochebed. For example, President Faust stated During the Exodus journey, after the Israelites' affirmation of their covenant with God, Abihu and Nadab accompanied Moses, Aaron, and 70 elders up Mount Sinai. Amram was the son of Kohath. Save yourselves. However, I have long felt that the concepts should be tied together. Aaron had four sons—"Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar" (3:2). Aaron listens. You’ve seen him other times, Sundays, kneeling at a table in the front of the chapel, his voice half trembling, half resonant, as he offers another prayer of the most sacred kind, an appeal that the Lord will bless and sanctify the bread and water. After Moses had set up the tabernacle in the wilderness, the Lord said to Moses, “Bring Aaron and his sons, their garments, anointing oil, the bull for the sin offering, the two rams and the basket containing bread made without yeast, and gather the entire assembly to the Tent of Meeting (Lev. Someday this son of Aaron will be a son of Moses, too. “The renewing of their bodies” and “they become the sons of Moses and of Aaron…” are usually thought of as two separate things. God relies on the priesthood holder to help establish his church and kingdom (v.34). For example, President Faust stated, As part of the oath and covenant of the priesthood, the Lord makes several promises to His faithful sons “which he cannot break.” First, the priesthood holders “are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies.” I think President Hinckley is a great example of this. Their relation to Aaron is mentioned in Numbers 3:2–3 as two of Aaron’s four sons: “The names of the sons of Aaron were Nadab the … Or on a snowy day, carrying a blanket-bundled baby over the curbside slush so Mom won’t have to. Amram who reached the age of 137 years old married his aunt named Jochebed and they became the parents of their two sons, Aaron and Moses. Thus G‑d reassured Moses, explaining that even Joshua would need to confer with Aaron’s son, the High Priest, to know G‑d’s will.3. Andrew, I would assume that those who magnify their callings in the Aaronic Priesthood become sons of Aaron, while those who magnify their callings in the Melchizedek Priesthood become the sons of Moses. Aaron & Sons. Yes, he’s a boy. But in the eyes of God, he’s every inch a hero. They are sons of Moses, Aaron, and Abraham, for they do the same priesthood work as their covenantal fathers. He is “to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ” (D&C 20:59). Aaron’s eloquent speeches to Pharaoh were reinforced by the miracles that he performed with his walking stick, changing it one time into a serpent and another into blossoms and almonds. What are your thoughts? Numbers 26:59. Aaron and his sons consecrated. Moses’ seminal moments center on speaking. “Sons of Moses and of Aaron,” New Era, June 1986, 14. The word “endowment” fits perfectly as a description of the ordinance whereby God bestows great gifts of knowledge and power to mankind. The sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath and Merari. Not till all his surroundings had received sanctification was Aaron to be consecrated. This is, of course, part of the Oath and Covenant of the High Priesthood. They had four sons in total, the younger two sons being named Eleazar and Ithamar. Look at the young man. For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit. …. Thus, when Moses balks at further confrontations with Pharaoh, God gently reminds the reader not to think as highly about the channels (Moses and Aaron), as about the God who calls and equips men. 3. You’ve seen him with dirt on his face and holes in his jeans, pumping his rusty bicycle down the street. Answer: Due to the disobedience of Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu, the Lord caused those two men to die. Or perhaps he’s 14, blushing when the bishop calls him to the stand to run an errand. Amram married a Levite woman as well. They become the sons of Moses and of Aaron and the seed of Abraham, and the church and kingdom, and the elect of God. He loves to go jogging with that scruffy dog chasing beside him. Nadab and Abihu had been with Moses at the foot of Mount Sinai, and they had seen the presence and glory of God. Aaron died there, at … Aaron participated in that disobedience and along with Moses, was banned from entering Canaan. He was a descendant of Kohath who was a descendant of Levi. ( Log Out /  I, p. 498, Robert Jamieson). Or on an early morning, lugging milk out to the barn to feed a hungry calf. This reliance draws them together in a mutual effort. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! By entering into this covenant, promises are exchanged and obligations created. ( Log Out /  Aaron married Elisheba and had four sons. Aaron is Moses's older brother who's been helping out all through Exodus and Leviticus. So, what are Aaron and his kids up to in Numbers? Each are the seed of Abraham and, therefore, are the “elect of God” who recieve all the blessings that Abraham was promised. Perhaps because they were the oldest of the four sons, Nadab and Abihu were appointed to minister in the tabernacle. Numbers 3:19. In July, you’ve heard him mow a hundred lawns, the whir of blades hanging thick on the heat as he marches back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, and still never gets done. Verse 30 - And thou shalt anoint Aaron, etc. Aaron and His Sons Consecrated (). These are the heads of the Levite families, family by family. On the border of the promised land, Moses took Aaron up Mount Hor, passing his priestly garments on to Aaron's son Eleazar. Moses was angry with Aaron’s other two sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, as a result. Or maybe he’s almost 19, soon to be ordained an elder, soon to be peering deep inside the mailbox every day to see if his mission call has yet arrived. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Yes, he is just a young man. Take a moment to think about someone you may take too much for granted. This is reflected in Numbers (3:1), which begins “These are the descendants of Moses and Aaron…” but only lists Aaron’s four sons. Knowledge of Aaron, along with his brother Moses, comes exclusively from religious texts, such as the Bible and Quran.. 8 w The L ord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Take Aaron and his sons with him, and x the garments and y the anointing oil and the bull of the sin offering and the two rams and the basket of unleavened bread. This portion of the tangent (verses 6-18) focuses on the lineages of authority for the Melchizedek and Aaronic Priesthoods. The male name Aaron is of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is “mountain of strength”. To them also it was the rite of initiation. Becoming “the Sons of Moses and of Aaron” Stephen T. Whitlock, 1951-: London England Temple[1] The primary sense of the word “endowment” has to do with the giving of a gift. Aaron was Moses' older brother (by three years, Ex. And go ye out from among the wicked. הֲרֹן ‎ ’Ahărōn) was a prophet, high priest, and the elder brother of Moses in the Abrahamic religions. He is on His errand. The Torah lays out clearly the origins of the priesthood. The relationship between Moses and Aaron is one that involves both loss and gain for each brother while at the same time involving altruistic love of each brother for the other that is symbolized by their reactions when the other is chosen. The text reads: “Take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons.” For now he holds the lesser priesthood, the preparatory priesthood. Aaron accepted God’s command to help his brother, Moses, to release the … 8 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “Take Aaron and his sons with him, and () the garments, () the anointing oil, a () bull as the sin offering, two () rams, and a basket of unleavened bread; 3 and gather all the congregation together at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.” 4 So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. But if he is faithful and true, he will someday hold the higher priesthood, the very force by which the worlds are and were created. Righteously exercising the priesthood, he has, and will continue to have, the authority to act in the name of God. The first two verses read: For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies. He has been renewed in body, mind, and spirit in a most remarkable manner. Exodus 28:1 - “Then bring near to yourself Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the sons of Israel, to minister as priest to Me—Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons. He acted together with his brother in the desperate situation of the Israelites in Egypt and took an active part in the Exodus , their liberation from bondage there. Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Moses dressed Aaron in beautiful garments of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet materials, including shoulder pieces and a breastpiece that was adorned with precious gems of varied colors. “The renewing of their bodies” and “they become the sons of Moses and of Aaron…” are usually thought of as two separate things. Levi, however, had long ago died by the time of Moses and Aaron. But only the Levitical Aaronites are assigned the priesthood, eternally. There was power in his voice as he said the simple prayer and gently guided his sister into the waters of baptism. He was at the stake baptism Saturday night, all dressed in white, looking like a ministering angel. ( Log Out /  The Midrash interprets this passage to mean that Aaron’s sons can be considered the “generations” of Moses because they were taught by him, and understands it to convey the lesson that the relationship between master and pupil is as significant as that between parent and child. At the Boy Scout breakfast you huddled over his shoulder as he pushed mounds of steamy hash browns, turning and re-turning them to make sure they didn’t burn. 7:7). ( Log Out /  They become the sons of Moses and of Aaron and the seed of Abraham, and the church and kingdom, and the elect of God. I’m not sure what to think of the becoming sons of Aaron and Moses, but here are some ideas/questions to toss around: What blessings would be associated with being a son of Aaron? Exodus 6:14 "These [be] the heads of their fathers' houses: The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel; Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi: these [be] the families of Reuben." Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Jeffrey Bradshaw mentioned this, stating: “In similitude of Moses and Aaron, priesthood holders assist in gathering latter-day Israel and establishing them as a people of the Lord. He and Moses "sprang" not from the firstborn (Reuben), but from Levi, Jacob's third son. Somehow, intentionally or not, in a later copy the word “that” was removed. 26–27 This is the Aaron and Moses whom GOD ordered: “Bring the Israelites out of the land of Egypt clan by clan.” Text: Comments.1 ¶ Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: 2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: