Put Them on Eleazar His Son

I don’t want to write today’s post. Nope, not at all. What I read hit home – really hard.

I read of Miriam dying, (see Numbers 20:1), and thought how hard that must have been on Moses. Miriam helped save his life when he was an infant, (see Exodus 2:1-10). She cooked and did his laundry until his wife joined him in the desert, (see Exodus 18:1-12). She was his big sister.

It has been 37 years since Israel’s first scouting mission into the Promised Land (Numbers 13-14) and 40 years since the Exodus from Egypt. The Bible is virtually silent about those 37 years of aimless wandering….The generation of those who had lived in Egypt had almost died off…the Israelites forgot that their wanderings were a result of their parents’ and their own sin. They could not accept the fact that they brought their problems on themselves, so they blamed Moses for their condition. Often our troubles result from our own disobedience or lack of faith.” Life Application Study Bible Notes

For four years, the captain of our worship band was Joe. He was a typical big brother – either picking on me or pushing me to work harder. Thanks to him, I learned to play in different styles and I memorize the songs every week.

But Joe and Sara are in the “sandwich generation.” They take care of aging parents and help their kids by caring for their grandchildren. God released them, (Sara was our “Momager” – part Mom, part manager), and they stepped down. I really miss Sara.

They worked under Steve, who came to help out until we had a new captain. Steve was the brother I could relate to. He played keyboard and was a great help – sending written music, not guitar chords, and playing difficult portions on youtube.com for me. Steve moved away.

Aaron was the brother Moses relied on. He crossed the desert to get Moses in Midian, (see Exodus 4:14-16). He was Moses’ interpreter and went with him to see Pharaoh.

Numbers 20:28, “Moses stripped Aaron of his [priestly] garments and put them on Eleazar his son. And Aaron died there on the top of the mountain, and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain.” Modern English Version

Last week, we got a new captain. Derek went to college on music scholarships and has a Certificate of Ministry from Victory Bible College. He’s also my son.

My baby is my boss! I will be playing “drag triplets” tomorrow. I didn’t even know there was such a thing! And if I have problems, I can’t blame him; I have to examine myself for disobedience or a lack of faith.

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