Exodus Chapter 29 Consecration of the Priesthood

Nov 6, 2013  |  Exodus, Old Testament  |  No Comments

Why did God need priests?

God is a Holy God.  If a sinful, unprepared person approached God in the Old Testament, they died.  This is shocking, but we need to understand this. This all changed with Jesus Christ.  With His death, the veil in the temple was torn.  We may now approach the God of Gods and the Lord of Lords without dying,
because Jesus took on our sins and consecrated us.  Reading about how God set aside His priests gives us a little glimpse into how amazing this is.

What did God do to set aside the priesthood?

  • Unblemished animals were sacrificed
  • Aaron and his sons were washed
  • The priests were clothed in priestly garments that reminded them of what God had done and promised
  • The priests were anointed and consecrated
  • It was to be done as a perpetual ordinance
  • They were to eat the things (the breads and the meats) by which atonement was made
  • The priests and the altar were purified and made holy by blood sacrifice
  • A continual burnt offering of unblemished lambs was to be made daily at the entrance to the tent of meeting

What was the result of the consecration of the priests and the altar?

Exodus 29:43-46 And there I will meet with the children of Israel and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.
And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar. I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest’s office. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.
And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.

As I read through the Old Testament, I am continually awed that God
wants to be in fellowship with His creation.  He loves us, although we don’t deserve it.  He wants us to walk with Him, although we don’t understand why.  How arrogant we are to not respond to Him!  We deny Him, ignore Him,
treat Him with disdain when we acknowledge Him at all.

Why did God go to the trouble?

We may not understand why God wants a relationship with us, but He went to great lengths to do so.
He also did it in a way to protect His unholy people from a very holy God.

Through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we no longer need priests, but
have become priests.  As it says in 1 Peter 2:5 You also, as living stones, are built
up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual
sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

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