Exodus 29

Exodus 29 describes the way that Aaron and his sons were to manage the tent of meeting – how they were to do their job as priests.  God says that the people are to “consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests”.  They were to be set apart to serve and God has a whole list of specifics for them to follow as they do their job in leading the people.  The process of preparing them to serve was detailed: “anointing oil and pour it on his head….the priesthood shall be theirs by a statute forever….you shall ordain Aaron and his sons”.  God has given this job of priesthood to Aaron and his family – talk about job security.

The chapter describes in much detail how things were to be done for the various offerings.  Blood and guts are part of the job – some happening outside the tabernacle and some inside.  There were very detailed things that they were to do – again showing that God is interested in all things big and small.  “It is a pleasing aroma…. take part of its blood and put it on the tip of the right ear of Aaron and on the tips of the right ears of his sons, and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the great toes of their right feet”.  Don’t miss the small and precise details here.  And the sense of smell – the worship and sacrifices and offerings were a complete experience.  There were many details that needed to be done as the priests offered their worship.  Check out this list of offerings from this chapter alone:

–      “sin offering

–      wave offering

–      burnt offering

–      food offering

–      peace offerings

There will be more offerings we will learn about in future chapters, but lets just agree that God intends us to acknowledge Him and His presence and goodness to us.  Offerings are not about us – they are about Him – and we don’t do a great job of that today.  Even in our praise during worship we tend to focus on us rather than God.  We need to adjust who is the center of our worship and praise.

Once ordained the dailyness of their work as priests began.  And that is exactly what it was – each day they were to sacrifice “two lambs a year old day by day regularly”.  Not on special days – but every day.  They had a job to do – to worship God and make atonement for the people.  It was daily – twice a day – morning and twilight – and it happened 24X7X365.  They were all about rhythm and doing things God’s way.  Why”

There I will meet with the people of Israel, and it shall be sanctified by my glory….I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God….they shall know that I am the Lord their God”.  Aaron and sons were the keeper of the relationship with God.  They managed the interaction and were critical to keeping the people connected to God.  God Himself wants to dwell with them and wants them to know that He is their God.  It is no different today – but we have direct access to God through Jesus.  We can come to Him and seek His face because of the grace and mercy we have received through Christ.  But God wants our praise – He wants our worship – He wants us to know that He alone is our Lord and our God!

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Brad Kowerchuk on September 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    The Hebrew word often translated “consecrate” in Exodus 29:9 is also translated “fill the hands”. What responsibility did that place on those priests then, and how can we apply it to those who take the lead in Christian congregations today?

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