The Priests Begin Their Ministry
9 On the eighth day Moses summoned Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel. 2 He said to Aaron, “Take a bull calf for your sin offering[a] and a ram for your burnt offering, both without defect, and present them before the Lord. 3 Then say to the Israelites: ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering, a calfand a lamb—both a year old and without defect—for a burnt offering, 4 and an ox[b] and a ram for a fellowship offering to sacrifice before the Lord, together with a grain offering mixed with olive oil. For today the Lord will appear to you.’”
5 They took the things Moses commanded to the front of the tent of meeting, and the entire assembly came near and stood before the Lord.6 Then Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded you to do, so that the glory of the Lord may appear to you.”
7 Moses said to Aaron, “Come to the altar and sacrifice your sin offering and your burnt offering and make atonement for yourself and the people;sacrifice the offering that is for the people and make atonement for them, as the Lord has commanded.”
8 So Aaron came to the altar and slaughtered the calf as a sin offering for himself. 9 His sons brought the blood to him, and he dipped his finger into the blood and put it on the horns of the altar; the rest of the blood he poured out at the base of the altar. 10 On the altar he burned the fat, the kidneys and the long lobe of the liver from the sin offering, as the Lord commanded Moses; 11 the flesh and the hide he burned up outside the camp.
12 Then he slaughtered the burnt offering. His sons handed him the blood,and he splashed it against the sides of the altar. 13 They handed him the burnt offering piece by piece, including the head, and he burned them on the altar. 14 He washed the internal organs and the legs and burned them on top of the burnt offering on the altar.
15 Aaron then brought the offering that was for the people. He took the goat for the people’s sin offering and slaughtered it and offered it for a sin offering as he did with the first one.
16 He brought the burnt offering and offered it in the prescribed way. 17 He also brought the grain offering, took a handful of it and burned it on the altar in addition to the morning’s burnt offering.
18 He slaughtered the ox and the ram as the fellowship offering for the people. His sons handed him the blood, and he splashed it against the sides of the altar. 19 But the fat portions of the ox and the ram—the fat tail, the layer of fat, the kidneys and the long lobe of the liver— 20 these they laid on the breasts, and then Aaron burned the fat on the altar. 21 Aaron waved the breasts and the right thigh before the Lord as a wave offering, as Moses commanded.
22 Then Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them. And having sacrificed the sin offering, the burnt offering and the fellowship offering, he stepped down.
23 Moses and Aaron then went into the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. 24 Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.
The ceremony of consecration lasted more than a week and on the eighth day came the call to priesthood. The repetition of these five offerings took time. The idea of consecration was a commitment to an ongoing life by Aaron and all the priests. The repetition of these offerings showing that sin never ends. Aaron still had to atone for his sin from the past seven days.
A day of new beginnings. God was ready to do his work through the priests. Aaron and his sons, Moses and the elders stood in Gods place for the consecration. Except today God would display his glory, this is what they have been working towards and prepared for. Aaron is high priest and had a great responsibility. When he went before the altar it was a display of honesty and humility before the people as he shows that he is also a sinner. It is only after he receives God‘s atoning sacrifice that he could properly bring the peoples offering. These five offerings carried out by Aaron and his sons on behalf of Israel as a whole. When they were finished Aaron lifted his hand and blessed the people. This is the moment he’s been longing for. Now entering the tabernacle Moses instructed him to do what the Lord told him. They came out again to bless the people. We must always go to God first before we get his blessing. God proved his presence by letting the people see his glory, this was not an act of man but God.
I am imagine this was a remarkable thing to witness. I love that feeling when the presence of the Lord is upon you and tears roll down my face as I praise and worship him. I cannot imagine that feeling when I finally get to meet him in heaven. I am sure I will fall to my knees and be starstruck just like others in the Bible who have been in His presence.
When I look around it I know and see his hand in everything! I love that feeling. God‘s glory is seen throughout the Bible. When his glory comes on you… you are knocked off your feet… You fall to your knees. Close encounters of the Godly kind. You are a changed person.
Luke 2:9-10; Psalm 104:31
Me: huh? What? No I’m not talking to myself I’m having a conversation with Jesus my BFF. You know God. The Messiah. Jireh. The Lord of Lords. The King of Kings.
Creator of the universe. The one who holds me up. The one who sent his son to give us eternal life and save us from ourselves… sin.
I’m good. How about you?
How are you doing today?
Let your prayer be God show me your glory. Let Your light shine so others can see him through you. Wear your heart on your sleeve like Pastor John does. What a message this morning… !!!