In the previous article, we had seen the battle with Amalekites. We compared it with the believer’s individual battle of flesh vs. Spirit (Gal 5:17). It was also a type of the battle which Apostle Paul speaks in Ephesians 6, where a believer has to wear spiritual garments like a soldier, to defend his faith and at the same time propagate it, against the spiritual forces of darkness, which have bound eyes of many around us (Eph 6:14-18).
However, we missed the significance of Aaron and Hur who were also seen standing with Moses atop the mountain (Exo 17:10). When the hands of Moses were heavy, they took a stone and made Moses sit on it, while Aaron supported the hands of Moses on one side and Hur supported his hands on the other side (Exo 17:12).
I feared that many self exalting heretics of TPM, will seize upon this opportunity to claim that we are doing the New Testament ministry of Aaron and Hur, of supporting believers in prayers. As brother liberated pointed out, we have heard them speak umpteen times, that they pray for believer at 4:00 am and 10:00 pm whereby their prayer acts like a wall around believers. Let us see the significance of Aaron and Hur in the below video.
Jethro – The Father-in-law of Moses and seventy elders
Then we read in Exodus 18, that after the battle with Amalekites, Jethro the father in law of Moses, took Zipporah the wife of Moses and his two sons, and came to Moses. And Moses went out to meet his family, and bowed before his father in law, and brought them to his tent. And Moses told him how God delivered Israelites from the hands of their enemies. And Jethro said, “Blessed be the Lord, who hath delivered you out of the land of Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh. ” And then Jethro offered burnt offering and sacrifices to God. And all the elders and Aaron came to Jethro and they all ate bread with Moses and Jethro. Then next morning Moses began to Judge the matters of redeemed people. And Jethro advised him and his counsel became a blessing to Moses in reducing the burden from his shoulders. Finally, Jethro went his way.
This story is strikingly similar to the story of Abraham. We read that, Abraham also went to the battle with 4 kings (Gen 14:9, Eph 6:12). When he returned victoriously, a priest of Salem (Melchizedek) came to meet Abraham. And he gave Abraham bread and wine. And he said the same words which the priest of Midian said to Moses “Blessed be most high God which had delivered thy enemies in thy hand (Gen 14:20, Exo 18:10).” So we find that passages and events occur in a similar manner. History seems to be repeating again and again. Both these events occur exactly after a battle. In both of these, a priest from a distant land arrives to bless the winning party – Jethro is a priest from Midian and Melchizedek is a priest from Salem. After the battle, the family of Moses is returned to him. Similarly, after the battle in Genesis, Lot the family of Abraham was also united to Abraham. In both passages, we find bread is given by the priest to the winning party after the victory was won (Exo 18:12, Gen 14:18).
|Priest of Midian||Priest of Salem||Jesus is our high priest (Heb 7:26)|
|Gave bread after the battle was won (Exo18:12).||Gave bread and wine after the battle was won (Gen 14:18)||Gave bread after the battle on cross was won (John 21:13).|
|Gave counsel to help Moses (Exo 18:19), that became blessing to him in reducing his burden.||Gave blessings to Abraham (Gen 14:19).||Gave blessings to disciples and gifts to church (Eph 4:8, Luke 24:50,51).|
|Family was united back||Lot's Family was Restored back from captivity||New souls are added as brethren and as part of same body of Christ.|
|Moses chose able men and made them head over group of 1000,100,50,10 to judge their matters||Abraham gave looted gifts to his men Aner, Eschol, Mamre (Gen 14:24)||Jesus gave gifts of Holy Spirit to church; Some he gave gift of apostleship, some prophets, and teachers, for benefit of body of Christ (Eph 4:11). He said to Peter “feed my sheep (John 21:16).”|
|Rules for appointing head was that men must be able, men of truth, who fear God and hate covetousness (Ex 18:21).||---||Rules for appointing Bishop and deacons is given in Timothy – blameless, husband of one wife, not covetous, not greedy, not a novice, having good report of character.|