Exodus 6:26 (HCSB)
26 It was this Aaron and Moses whom the Lord told, “Bring the Israelites out of the land of Egypt according to their divisions.”
There is a break in the narrative of the events between Pharaoh, Moses, and Aaron, and it consists of a genealogy of Moses and Aaron. It would seem that the genealogy is more about the line of Aaron, and his legitimacy to be speaking alongside Moses, than anything else. Moses is mentioned once, in Exodus 6:20, with no mention of his descendants. Aaron, by contrast, is mentioned in Exodus 6:20, and his descendants remain the focus from Exodus 6:23 through the remainder of the genealogy. We even see in Exodus 6:26 the names of Moses and Aaron are reversed, naming Aaron first, as opposed to just before the genealogy in Exodus 6:13, and right after in Exodus 6:27.
I don’t know if there was some challenge to the authority of Aaron. Or maybe there was some sort of comparison of Moses and Aaron, and it was necessary to remind the Israelites that Aaron was called by God as well. Whatever it was, it is a wonderful thing that we no longer have to “defend” our status as a child of God! Our identity is solely based in Jesus now, and the world can question us all it wants, and it can point to parents, grandparents, children, and grandchildren, but none of that defines who we are. Jesus knows who we are, and when we surrender to Him, as our Lord and Savior, our identity is set and known by the only One that really matters.
Lord, thank You for standing up men like Aaron and Moses. Thank You for ensuring and showing that specific people in history were in fact the ones used by You to work out Your redemptive plan throughout history. But most of all, thank You for identifying us, marking us as yours, and loving us enough to always know our name, our heart, and adopting us. Amen.