Now these are the records of Aaron and Moses when the Lord spoke with Moses on Mount Sinai. And these are the names of the sons of Aaron. (Numbers 3:1-2)
This chapter begins with a record of the “offspring of Aaron and Moses,” yet only Aaron’s sons are mentioned. That Moses’ sons are not mentioned is very interesting and suggests there is something to learn from it. We could surmise that Aaron’s sons are mentioned because, technically, they were kohenim or “priests.” On the other hand, Moses’ sons were not mentioned because they were not considered priests but were regarded as Levites. Likely, they served in a lesser role, with the Kohathites, who carried the holy furniture as the congregation moved through the wilderness.
The strange and ironic thing about this is that Moses taught the Torah, including the duties assigned to the priests, to Aaron and his sons. In a manner of speaking, Moses was their spiritual father, and yet, his own offspring were not counted as those who would minister as priests. And so we learn, one’s parents do not guarantee their offspring a notable place in the kingdom. Likewise, a man’s past mistakes — remember, Aaron participated in the sin of the golden calf — do not disqualify him or his children from being used by God. In short, God favors those He chooses to favor and appoints men according to His purposes, not according to our logic.
There is one other thing to consider in this scenario; a man’s influence does not have to stop at his front door; it can (and should) extend beyond his biological offspring. It is very important that we teach our own families, obviously, but it is also important to influence all those that God brings into our lives. Who knows who God will bring into our life and what our interaction with them can produce? For all you know, the next person you meet may be instrumental in the Kingdom and, most importantly, it may be your assignment to teach them the things of God. So then, in every situation, let us be prepared to “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long suffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2).
Blessings and Shalom,