My “Aaron”

First, a little biblical background.

Isaac and his sons and their families had moved to Egypt when his son Joseph became second-in-command to Pharaoh during a time of famine throughout the region. As long as that Pharaoh lived, Joseph’s extended family was welcome and well provided for. But after the good Pharaoh died, subsequent ones forgot about Joseph and the debt Egypt owed him and his kin.

The Children of Israel (Jacob, Isaac’s son, was given the name Israel) were prospering and growing in number, and the Egyptians determined to take advantage of their vast numbers and use them as slaves.  That didn’t stop the Israelites from continuing to multiply.

One Pharaoh finally became so frightened that these countless foreigners living in their midst might rebel and fight against Egypt if an enemy attacked that he made their working conditions more severe. And then he made things even worse.

But God wasn’t ignoring the plight of His Children. He spoke to Moses from a burning bush and told him He wanted Moses to free the Children of Israel and lead them to the Promised Land–a land “flowing with milk and honey.”

Talking directly with God was probably scary enough, but Moses absolutely panicked at the thought of having to go to Pharaoh–he wasn’t in Pharaoh’s favor the way Joseph had been several hundred years earlier–and demand that he allow the Israelites to leave. So he immediately came up with the first excuse that came to mind.

“Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” (Exodus 4:10, NIV)

Singer/song writer Ken Medema says it this way in his wonderful song “Moses”:

“Not me, Lord!
Don’t you know I can’t talk so good;
I stutter all the time.”

But Moses asks the Lord to have his brother Aaron do the actual speaking. Ken Medema says it this way:

“Do you know my brother, Aaron?
He can sing like an angel,
Talk like a preacher.
Not me, Lord!
I can’t talk so good.”

And God accepted it.

I can’t “talk so good,” either. Oh, I don’t have a speech defect, in spite of the fact that someone who has one once asked me if I did. Funny how a question like that can make a guy self-conscious for life!

As an official introvert (according to the Myers-Briggs Temperament Inventory), I need to think very carefully before I speak. If I don’t, there’s no telling how unclear my meaning will be. Not so much a problem in normal everyday conversations, but a real drawback in serious discussions. By the time I think of what I want to say and how to keep it reasonably clear, it’s usually no longer relevant to the topic.

I feel as if God has some important things for me to share with other people. Especially regarding His love and the fact that Jesus was born a human being, died, and returned from the grave to give new life to all who choose Him as the only path to the only true God. Heaven isn’t the only reward for Believers. So is a more meaningful earthly life.

Does God expect me to share those things orally? I keep hoping not, because I know my human limitations. I feel there’s a legitimate reason for me not to. God had a reason for not calling me to be a preacher.

But that doesn’t mean He doesn’t want me to share His Good News with other people. He’s willing for me to use  “my Aaron” instead.

“My Aaron” is the written word. Novels, poems, and monologues. Plays, short stories, and essays. And also the sung word. The songs I’ve written over the last fifty years or so. And the musical dramas–even an hour-long rock opera–I’ve written and produced.

The words to my songs and musical dramas have already been carefully thought out. They come as close to conveying my intended meaning as I can ever do.

Thank You, Lord, for giving me these creative talents and allowing me to use them for Your honor and glory.

Do you have any weaknesses that keep you from communicating clearly? Has God given you an Aaron? How about sharing a comment?

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Best regards,
Roger

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6 thoughts on “My “Aaron”

  1. I have tons of weaknesses–the main one being a need to be accepted and liked at the expense of freely sharing the gospel. I marvel at people who debate in public, sometimes risking their lives for Christ.

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  2. Moses was brought up in the royal household of pharoah. He knew all those folks and they must have known him. Maybe he was a stutterer but he was just a human who feared for his life when told to perform an act that may have infuriated the ruler of egypt.

    These tests of faith are just that: tests. I don’t think they are given us so as to show God who we are. They are given to us to show us who we are. God must already have a good idea how things are going to turn out and these are just experiences for us to teach us about ourselves. In fact, God himself could go ahead and do the things he wants from us but in a more perfect way. He uses us so we can learn our limits.

    As for a persoanl weakness, well, there are many and varied in character. putting my life at risk would certainly be a top choice.

    I can understand your favoring the written word when communicating. I can be so much more precise, careful, lucid when I write than when I speak. I feel I am a very good public speaker but it’s because I’ve written out my discourse and practiced it 20 times before I deliver it. I always leave a few open spaces to ad lib – this keeps things fresh and helps me to adapt to possible local conditions.

    Thanks Teach.

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    • Thank you for thanking me, Tom, but–as usual–your comments are so perceptive that I feel the need to thank you.

      I totally agree that God already knows what’s going to happen and that testing is one way God helps us to grow into the people He wants us to be. He doesn’t need our money and He doesn’t need our talents. He is quite capable of doing whatever needs doing without involving us at all. But how it must please Him to see us learn to use the gifts he’s given us to honor and glorify Him.

      I can’t say that I’ve done what I’d call public speaking, but I have done technical presentations at computer user symposiums. Hmm. Teaching, actually. Funny how I can’t get away from that totally. I’d love to teach a writing course of some kind at one of the writing conferences I go to, but I have yet to come up with a topic I feel uniquely qualified to teach.

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  3. There may not be a topic you are uniquely qualified to teach. I think the uniqueness part is unimportant. There are many things you are qualified to teach, including English, guitar, writing and who knows what else. Of all the activities a man can do I think teaching is one of the most important. We are born teachers, all of us, in a fashion.

    I home schooled my firstborn. He barely recognized he was learning. He recieved lesson that were at times games, playing, discipline or practical real-life experiences.. He never went to kindergarten nor elementary school nor high school. He went straight to college and gradualted 3rd in his class. He recently finished up his masters. Of all the things I do I think teaching my kids in a way that benifits them is my most important life accomplishment.

    TO be a good teacher requires skill and love as well as a deep understanding of the subject. One must have an objective when preparing a lesson. Just issueing information is no more than being a kind of encyclopedia. An ecyclopedia is filled with facts but does not teach how to apply them. A teacher is more of a guide that can evaluate a students needs and nudge him in the direction the teacher feels is best. In most cases I feel a student cannot know where he is going because of the fact he is unlearned in a particular field. There are, of course, exceptions. A good teacher is perceptive enough to figure these things out.

    Folks who cannot teach a subject either don’t know the material well or lack the love it takes to dedicate themselves to the improvement of their student. You have to care.

    There are teachers who give lessons without knowing it. These types of teachers were well outlined by Khalil Gibran: “I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.”

    So much to say on this subject and so little time… sorry for stopping like this. Maybe later I can resume these musings…

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    • Very thought-provoking musings, Tom. And what I said about something I’d be uniquely qualified to teach at a writing conference means something that’s needed, but other people aren’t applying to teach. *G*

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