In Exodus 10:1-2, God tells Moses that he is working his miraculous works for a reason: "...that I may show these signs of mine among [the Egyptians], and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson...what I have done among them, that you may know that I am Yahweh."
In today's reading in Judges 18, we read that a grandson of Moses, Jonathan, became a priest to the Danites, the people of Dan. The apple, in this instance, falls far from the tree! Moses has been told that Gdd's wonders will be told to sons and grandsons, that His name would be known by the Egyptians, the Israelites and the whole world. And yet as the people of Israel take their place in the promised land, his own (apparent) grandson becomes a priest of idolatry.
Two thoughts. First, it serves as a caution in biblical reading and interpretation. While some say this is indeed Moses' literal grandson, others say the timeline would not fit, given Moses' son Gershom was born in Midian and Jonathan would have been born in the exile period between Egypt and the promised land. They suggest this would make Jonathan well over 100. It may be that Moses here is not 'our Moses,' and some bibles will show his name as Manasseh. Though Moses did have a son named Gershom, elsewhere we are told of another son of Gershom, with no mention of this 'Jonathan.'
Second thought: the same lesson applies, even if Jonathan is not literally Moses' grandson. My family has its roots in Ireland. In the broadest sense of the word, I am a son of Ireland. My family tree on my father's paternal side has been traced back for centuries. I could pick anyone in that tree, and say, in a figurative~literal sense, I am a son of X. It may be that Jonathan is from the lineage of Moses, but that he is several more generations removed from Moses than two steps. The genealogy here, in other words, might be compressed.
These are the kinds of things that merit some further study, but we should not avoid the lesson from the passage because of these kinds of issues. The point that struck me is that anyone of the people of Israel - especially someone in the lineage of Moses - would became a priest of idolatry.
What a caution!
Derek Butler - I am a Christian, husband, father, son, brother, friend, reader, et al, all inadequately. This blog is a tool to encourage daily bible reading, for myself and others.
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