Leviticus 8: 1Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Take Aaron and his sons with him,…5 Moses said to the congregation, “This is the thing which the Lord has commanded to do.”
The priests did not consecrate themselves, all was done by another, in this instance Moses, acting for the Lord. The priests simply presented their bodies in the sense of the sacrifice of our bodies today as “a living holy sacrifice”. A
The High Priest Aaron was first clothed B with articles prepared as described as the Lord commanded Moses. C
The Tabernacle was anointed and Aaron was anointed as High Priest with anointing oil. D
A bull was the sin offering for Aaron and his sons. E
A ram was the burnt offering for Aaron and his sons. F
The second ram, the ram of ordination was offered. G
Various other parts of the consecration service. H
All of this was “just as the Lord had commanded Moses”. This phrase occurs 8 times in Leviticus 8.
This was a bloody ceremony. As Aaron and his sons are being consecrated as mediators between God and His people, the animals are being slain symbolizing the covering of their sin. According to the scripture the priests must continue offering sacrifices for themselves just as they did for the people every day for 1,476 years; until Jesus died on the cross one time for the sins of every person.
The resurrected Jesus at the right hand of God “does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.” I As His disciples High Priest, He stands ready today by grace and mercy to meditate and intercede on our behalf with God.
Who or what do you trust as a replacement for Jesus? Can you identify things in your life that you depend upon besides Jesus? What would move you toward sole dependence on Jesus?
Thank God for Jesus, Who was perfectly sinless and therefore able to pay for your sin because He accomplished your eternal salvation on the Cross. For how to be saved for eternity click here.
Henry Luke 11/12/2017
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