Q. How Did Aaron Survive the Killing of the Hebrew Babies? We know that Pharaoh commanded that all Hebrew male children be killed. We know that Moses was saved by his mother, and then later we are introduced to Aaron, Moses brother. How did he keep from being killed? Was he in fact Moses’s brother, or was he a “brother” in the sense of being from the tribe of Levi?
The key to unlocking this mystery is found in:
7 Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three, when they spoke to Pharaoh.
Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh. So Aaron was three years older than Moses.
It seems likely, therefore, that the command to kill all the male Hebrew children came from Pharaoh AFTER Aaron was born, but before Moses was born.
I think we can find support for this position in the book of Exodus:
15 ¶ Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other was named Puah;
16 and he said, “When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.”
17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live.
18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?”
19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.”
20 So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty.
21 Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.
22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, “Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive.”
Apparently, then, Aaron was one of those boys who survived because the midwives had a very crafty way of getting around the King’s command.
It is apparent that Pharaoh has to re-state his command, this time to ALL of the people – since it was obvious that the midwives were not doing as the King instructed.