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“The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘…Get Aaron and his son Eleazar and take them up Mount Hor. Remove Aaron’s garments and put them on his son Eleazar, for Aaron will be gathered to his people; he will die there.’”
Eleazar, son of Aaron, was an excellent understudy, well trained for his eventual leading role as the high priest of Israel.
In order to assume such a responsible and potentially stressful undertaking, Eleazar had to be thoroughly prepared. An understudy benefits from having both the script and a human model of the role. Ever since childhood, Eleazar had been able to observe Moses and Aaron. Now he could help Joshua, with whom he was paired to lead the people into the promised land. Eleazar served as a trusted advisor to Joshua and supervised everything in the tabernacle.
An understudy must know the lead role completely and be willing to step into it at a moment’s notice. 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. If you are single, seek counsel from married couples you respect. If you are planning to have children one day, observe the model of godly parents. Learning from those around us is an effective way to prepare for what God has planned for our future.