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Aaron makes Atonement

There is an awesome passage in Numbers that is an image of Christ. Now this image is based off the idea that because Aaron is a high priest and so is Jesus, we can draw some connection between the two. So let’s check this story out.

But on the next day all the congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron, saying, “You are the ones who have caused the death of the Lord’ s people.”

Numbers 16:41 NASB

The story starts with the people of Israel coming against Moses and Aaron again because they believed that Moses and Aaron had caused the death of Kohath and his friends. If we look at the story this is actually not the case and instead Kohath brought the wrath of God on himself. Nonetheless, the Children of Israel still blamed Moses.

Then Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting, and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly.” Then they fell on their faces.

Numbers 16:43‭-‬45 NASB

So the Lord speaks to Moses and tells him that He is angry with the Israelites and desires to destroy them.

Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put in it fire from the altar, and lay incense on it; then bring it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone forth from the Lord , the plague has begun!” Then Aaron took it as Moses had spoken, and ran into the midst of the assembly, for behold, the plague had begun among the people. So he put on the incense and made atonement for the people.

Numbers 16:46‭-‬47 NASB

Moses tells Aaron that he needs to take his censer and light incense on it. Then Aaron is to bring it to the congregation and make atonement for them. So Aaron carries the incense and runs throughout the camp to save the people.

Then Aaron returned to Moses at the doorway of the tent of meeting, for the plague had been checked.

Numbers 16:50 NASB

Aaron returns to the tent of meeting after the plague had been check and stopped. Now how can we relate this to the gospel message? Well if we take the Aaron and Jesus connection it can show us some cool stuff. And not only that but if we take Moses as the Father, we can see how this connection becomes clearer. And this symbology is already validated by the word.

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 NASB

So, with this in mind, let’s check out the connections. Aaron and Moses were at the tent of meeting. When the plague started, Moses told Aaron to bring out incense to make atonement for them. Jesus was with the Father in heaven, and when mankind was to fall, God told Jesus to make atonement for them. And when Jesus came to earth, He came with both the fire of the Holy Spirit and the incense of praise and prayer. Aaron came back to the tent when the plague was checked. Jesus went back to heaven when He was finished with the crucifixion. Are you guys starting to see the relationship between Aaron and Jesus yet? Anyways, I wanted to share this with you guys because it can be an awesome faith builder to see the deep connection between all the stories in the Bible.

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