Exodus 29

Exodus 29 has God giving very detailed instructions on how to ordain Aaron and his sons to be priests.  In the last chapter God gave the specifics on the garments and other adornments that they were to wear, but now God lays out the process to cleanse them and make them priests.  “Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests….You shall bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the tent of meeting and wash them with water”.  It starts pretty simply.  Bring them to God’s place and wash them.

God then instructs that they be clothed with the garments that had been made for them.  This isn’t a short term gig.  God says “the priesthood shall be theirs by a statute forever”.  This is a long term plan of God’s.  Aaron, his sons and future generations are to be the priests.  The process is finalized by the sacrifice of bulls and rams and taking the “blood and throw it against the sides of the altar”.  Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin.  And God instructs them to offer burnt and wave sacrifices, but then burn the animals as a sin sacrifice to cleanse these new priests.

It was quite a process.  Morning and night for seven days.  But that was God’s plan for the ordination of His priests.  “Aaron also and his sons I will consecrate to serve me as priests”.  This wasn’t a popularity contest.  It wasn’t the luck of the draw.  It was God’s specific plan.  He selected Aaron and his sons to be priest.  He provided the details around the clothing they were to wear, and the process of their ordination.  God designed the plan and was the architect of it all.

Then God gives this promise: “I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God”.  God promises to be with His people.  He promises to be evident to them – they will know that He is there.  And He will dwell among them – not from afar – but with them.  That is the God we have.  Personal, intimate, always there – God has a plan and executes it.  We have much to be grateful for!

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