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Fun facts about Aaron and his Priesthood Empty Fun facts about Aaron and his Priesthood

Fri Dec 17, 2021 5:25 pm
In the OT Aaron is high priest and we assume he is righteous. Then in Exodus 32 we see he allowed to Israelites to commit spiritual adultery. In the Essene docs (excerpt attached) we see that the Levites were considered second to the Zadoks who were the priests and in the homilies we see Aaron associated with the line of 'first' which are considered evil or unrighteous.

1. Aaron allowed the Israelites to commit idolatry:

Exodus 32 (KJV)
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² And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.
³ And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.
⁴ And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
⁵ And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.
⁶ And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.



2. The Essene writings placing the Levites under the orders of the sons of Zadok priestly line.

‘Essene Writing’s From Qumran’ Dupont-Sommer Trans. By Vermes Chap 3 ‘The Scroll of the Rule’ pg 106 ‘Role of the Levites’-
“And each of the sons of Levi shall remain at his post under the orders of the sons of Aaron to cause all the Congregation to come in and go out, each in his rank, under the leadership and heads of family of the Congregation, the chiefs, the judges, and the officers, according to the number of all their hosts, UNDER THE ORDERS OF THE SONS OF ZADOK THE PRIESTS [and of all the h]eads of family of the Congregations.”

3. Clementine Homilies shows wickedness or unrighteousness first in this long list of people or things and then righteous. Notice that Aaron is placed first insinuating wickedness or unrighteousness:

Chapter XVI. Man's Ways Opposite to God's
"As in the beginning God, who is one, like a right hand and a left, made the heavens first and then the earth, so also He constituted all the combinations in order; but upon men He no more does this, but varies all the combinations. For whereas from Him the greater things come first, and the inferior second, we find the opposite in men—the first worse, and the second superior. Therefore from Adam, who was made after the image of God, there sprang first the unrighteous Cain, and then the righteous Abel. Again, from him who amongst you is called Deucalion, two forms of spirits were sent forth, the impure namely, and the pure, first the black raven, and then the white dove. From Abraham also, the patriarchs of our nation, two firsts sprang—Ishmael first, then Isaac, who was blessed of God. And from Isaac himself, in like manner, there were again two—Esau the profane, and Jacob the pious. So, first in birth, as the first born in the world, was the high priest Aaron, then the lawgiver Moses."
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Between the time of the writing of the first five books of Moses, the writing of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the writing of the Clementine Homilies it seems that there is a shift in how Aaron and his righteousness is perceived. Aaron, being the Priest, was in large part responsible for the Laws of Moses that the bible keeps circling around to bring us under. So one has to question how much of these were manmade precepts and traditions and how much were inspired by the Most High.


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