Leviticus 8

Leviticus 8 has Moses ordaining Aaron and the other priests.  This is a huge ceremony as God instructed Moses to “assemble all the congregation at the entrance of the tent of meeting”.  Everyone was to be gathered to see that Aaron was the high priest and was being anointed for that task.  Moses leads everyone through a series of sacrifices and offerings, beginning with the sin offering.  God wants us to get right with Him as a foundation.  We see throughout scripture the importance of getting sin addressed and forgiven.

That is followed by the burnt offering and then worshipful offerings noted as food offering, wave offering and the ordination offering.  This was a pretty massive ceremony Moses leads to make sure the priests were right with God and the people know it.  Part of what happens is that Moses took some blood from one of the rams that was sacrificed and “put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot”.  He did the same for Aaron’s sons.  Why?

This is symbolic as a way to denote these men were able to execute the will of God.  The blood is placed on the right extremities as a symbol that the priests were at peace with God and ready to hear with their ear and obey with their hands and feet God’s commandments.  It was a sign that they were up tot the task at hand and could perform the sacred duties of their role as priests and walk with their feet in holiness.  Lots of symbolism that was important for the people of that day.

Moses washes Aaron and his sons and consecrated them for the priesthood.  But it wasn’t over with this rather long ceremony.  Moses commands them and says “you shall not go outside the entrance of the tent of meeting for seven days, until the days of your ordination are completed, for it will take seven days to ordain you”.  This is a week-long ordination exercise with some strong instruction on what was to be done day and night.  “Aaron and his sons did all the things that the Lord commanded by Moses”.  No arguing, even if a brother was providing the instruction.  Aaron and his boys are obedient to the Lord through Moses.

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