Eleazar (“God Has Helped”) was Aaron’s son, becoming the second high priest upon Aaron’s death.
Exodus 6:23… Birth of Eleazar
Leviticus 10:16-20… Service during Grief
During the Israelites’ wilderness journey, after Eleazar’s 2 older brothers (Nadab & Abihu) were put to death by God for their disobedience, Eleazar was designated to follow his father as high priest.
Numbers 3:1-4; 4:16; 16:36-40; 19:1-4… Eleazar as Priest
Eleazar fulfilled a number of functions over the course of the wilderness wanderings. He was learning… and would follow his father, Aaron. His son, Phinehas, would follow him.
Numbers 20:25-29… Aaron’s Death
When Aaron was about to die, Moses removed the sacred vest from his brother… and placed it on his nephew. Eleazar would become high priest, and would serve for more than 20yrs.
Numbers 26:1-3… As High Priest
Numbers 27:15-23… Appointment of Joshua
Joshua 14:1… Allotment of Tribal Lands
Joshua 24:33… Death of Eleazar
Wise people learn from the mistakes of others. While Eleazar was not perfect, he avoided repeating the mistakes of his father & brothers as he served God as priest… then as high priest.
Eleazar was an excellent understudy, well-trained for his eventual leading role. An understudy benefits from having a script in front of him… but also a human role model – in the starring role – to watch. Even as a boy, Eleazar had been able to watch his uncle, Moses… and his father, Aaron… and, later, Joshua. He had God’s laws to guide him as he worked as priest and advisor to Joshua.
What life lessons are you learning from those around you?
God may have put certain people in your life in order to prepare you for future positions of leadership and responsibility. While you’re single, learn from those who are married. When you’re married, learn from those who have been married for a long time. If you’re planning to have children, learn from those who are parents already. Learning from those God has placed around us is an effective way to prepare for what God has planned for our future.
* Learning from the mistakes of others helps us avoid the mistakes we might make.
Are the people around you guiding you in a direction God would approve of?
There will eventually come a time when you will be needed… an opportunity for ministry, or to tell someone about Jesus. Understudies usually get their chance in the spotlight. Would you be ready to step in if called on today?
You can read Eleazar’s story in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Joshua.