Question: "What should we learn from the life of Aaron?"
Answer: Aaron was born into a family of Levites during the time of Israel’s enslavement in Egypt. The Israelites were considered the dregs of society among the Egyptians who used them as slaves (Exodus 1:14). To add to their burden, Pharaoh forced upon them population control, ordering the murder of any male babies that might be born to them (Exodus 1:15-16).
Aaron, his sister, Miriam, and their parents were probably very apprehensive when baby Moses was born. They knew that he was under a death sentence, so in order to protect him, his mother had set him adrift in a basket, with Miriam watching, until Pharaoh’s daughter snatched him out of the water and took him to raise as her own. Aaron grew up knowing he had a brother, although he could not share his life with him, so he must have felt relief when he was finally able to have a relationship with Moses. Exodus 4:27 indicates that God directed Aaron to walk back into Moses’ life.
God had taken Moses down several life paths, giving him the finest education the Egyptians had to offer (Acts 7:22), which enabled him to be used to write the Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible). God prepared him to be the deliverer of His people, Israel, by giving him a sympathetic heart towards their plight (Exodus 2:11-15). Moses had grown up in the palace of Pharaoh in a life of privilege; Aaron, on the other hand, had grown up in a hut in a life of poverty and persecution. Though their experiences were different, Scripture records that they were together in their faith and trust in the true God (Exodus 4:28-30), so they were obedient to His will.
Moses argued with God, because he lacked confidence in his ability to speak, so God appointed Aaron to be the spokesman for Moses (Exodus 4:14-16). God charged these two brothers: "Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people; and he will be as a mouth for you and you will be as God to him” (Exodus 4:16). In this directive, God was speaking not only literally to both of these men, but He was also speaking prophetically of Aaron’s descendant, John, the son of Elizabeth and Zacharias (Luke 1:13), about whom He said, "It is he who will go [as a forerunner] before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord" (Luke 1:17).
From Aaron, we learn the lessons of brotherly love, humility, loyalty, faithfulness, and willingness to serve. Aaron loved his brother, and he was willing to step up to the plate and serve the Lord, even when his brother was reluctant (Exodus 4:10). He realized that it was Moses who was called to deliver God’s people, and not he, so he humbled himself and submitted to Moses’ leading. Like Aaron, we are called by God to follow the leaders He has ordained, submitting to them in humility and a spirit of service. Aaron was faithful to God, even though he stumbled, as in the incident of the golden calf, falling back into the ways of the Egyptians (Exodus 32:4). But God will use us even when we have lapses of faith if we repent and turn back to Him. He is faithful to forgive us our sin (1 John 1:9) and “remember it no more” (Hebrews 8:12).