Leviticus 8:1-3,6,10,14,18,22,30,36 The LORD said to Moses, “Bring Aaron and his sons, their garments, the anointing oil, the bull for the sin offering, the two rams and the basket containing bread made without yeast, and gather the entire assembly at the entrance to the tent of meeting”… Then Moses brought Aaron and his sons forward and washed them with water… Then Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the tabernacle and everything in it, and so consecrated them… He then presented the bull for the sin offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head… He then presented the ram for the burnt offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head… He then presented the other ram, the ram for the ordination, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on its head… Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood from the altar and sprinkled them on Aaron and his garments and on his sons and their garments. So he consecrated Aaron and his garments and his sons and their garments… So Aaron and his sons did everything the LORD commanded through Moses.
Finally we reach the moment when all that God had instructed Moses and the Israelites regarding the tabernacle came to fruition and the tabernacle or God’s temporary dwelling place was ready to start functioning as it was meant to be.
This certainly was a big moment for the wandering Israelites and especially so for Aaron and his sons who were consecrated to be priests to God!
In all this celebration of the Israelites, what is God speaking to us today?
When we look back at Aaron’s life, we see no real greatness in him. He was Moses’ older brother but was called to serve Moses, to be his mouthpiece and he seemed to do that job well but he was also the one who crafted the golden calf for his fellow Israelites so that they could have something to worship.
Moses seemed like the one who should have been blessed with the mantle of priesthood for he was the one God spoke to and directed until this point and was the natural leader of this freed nation.
The priest’s role was significant here because it was through them that the people were able to make peace with God. They were the intercessors between man and God and that certainly was a great calling.
God in His abundant wisdom chose Aaron and his sons over any other in Israel not because of a lack of faithful men but because that was His sovereign will.
Again God shows us that He works to His own desires which are perfect and without fault, that He does not simply rest His power on a few supermen but on many and that we as His followers are called to submit to His will in order to live lives that are worthy of His name.
With the arrival of Jesus, God’s only begotten son, this ordination of priesthood was forever changed. Everyone who follows Jesus is called into His kingdom, as a royal race, to serve as priests to His God and Father.
What a complete contrast and certainly what a great honor as explained by John in Revelation 1:5-6, ‘and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen‘.
How did this happen one might wonder. In Hebrews 10, Paul explains to the Hebrews who were strangely fond of the Levitical (Aaron’s lineage) dispensation to wean them from it, ’22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water‘.
When we submit our lives to Jesus’ lordship and beg His forgiveness for our brokenness, we are washed clean by His blood which is similar to the cleansing Aaron and his sons underwent in the consecration, detailed in Leviticus 8.
The question one needs to ask themselves is if they have been indeed washed by Jesus’ shed blood and if so, do we operate in the knowledge that we are a royal priesthood called to live a holy and righteous life? I pray that we do and if not, that we ask God’s forgiveness for not living to our true calling and start serving Him as He called us to.
However, the one aspect we need to always remember is that even though we are called royal and priests, we are to never forget that it was not a calling we deserved but one that God mercifully called us into.
Furthermore, we should never forget what we really were, broken sinful people who deserved nothing but God’s condemnation and therefore we need to love and serve those around us, especially those who have not been touched by the love of God.
We are not to condemn anyone but to love them in all sincerity as Jesus loves us.
In His Loving Service,
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