TEXT: NUMBER 20:23-29
"And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying,/Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah./Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor/And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there./ And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation./And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount./And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel."
The Sacred vestments was for dignity and beauty. It is believe by some theologians in Jews antiquity that Aaron's office as a high priest existed when he wore this vestments. From this, it is safe to say that service for God is thus indeed when a man does it by grace and grace alone. In this part of our study, we would like to press on what happened among Aaron, Moses and Eleazar in relation to the transferred of grace from Aaron to his son, Eleazar.
Aaron knew his office and grace were going to be given to his son after his departure: Eleazar knew also that his father's grace was going to be his at his father's death. This knowledge makes discipleship very easy and effective. If a man desires continuity of the grace of God on his life, he should pray to come to a definite knowing about who can stand in his room when he is transferred from his station or called to glory.
The greatest and the most difficult aspect of ministry is the ability to reproduce oneself. No doubt there was a discipleship relationship between Aaron and Eleazar. Many great servants of God had left the shore of this life without leaving themselves behind and many followers had not submitted themselves to men ahead of them so as to trap down their grace. Eleazar was not doubtful as to what was going to come on his life...he was ready for this.
The transferred of this grace was not done in the public eyes. It was not done in the face of celebration and dancing. It was done on the mountain alone with God, with tears on the face of the recipient. We have seen ministry ordination carried out with a lot of pomp and noisy fanfare. Announcements of transfer of mantle and award of new title are carried out with much agitation and noise. God's way of commissioning a man is not like this.
Grace is not procured in the public place but on a mount alone with God's Moses, the Lord Jesus. There on the mountain, death is a major mark. Eleazar, lost his father there and tears rolled down his cheeks. On this mount death of our trust, self confidence, knowledge and personal ego must die and be buried. No man receives grace without first getting a blow from death. A man must come face to face with the helplessness of his own life. God must touch his appetite and passion...he must be humbled. All these cannot be done in the public eyes. Our public prayer sometimes is a mare show. Real prayers are done in secrete place...real tears that birth true revival are secured in alonnenss with God.
Moreover, it is important to point out again, that on the mount where grace was transferred, Eleazar lost his father. His father was taken out of the picture. He was robbed of his backbone...a father is a protector, provider and nourisher. But on this mouth all of these faded away so that Eleazar could have only God in view. Grace comes with certain measure of cutting and blows. May God give us understanding! Amen! To be continued.
Emeka Joe Uzosike