CONSECRATION OF AARON AND HIS SONS AS PRIESTS
“And this is what you shall do to them to hallow them for ministering to Me as priests: Take one young bull and two rams without blemish, and unleavened bread, unleavened cakes mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil (you shall make them of wheat flour). You shall put them in one basket and bring them in the basket, with the bull and the two rams. “And Aaron and his sons you shall bring to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and you shall wash them with water. Then you shall take the garments, put the tunic on Aaron, and the robe of the ephod, the ephod, and the breastplate, and gird him with the intricately woven band of the ephod. You shall put the turban on his head, and put the holy crown on the turban. And you shall take the anointing oil, pour it on his head, and anoint him. Then you shall bring his sons and put tunics on them. And you shall gird them with sashes, Aaron and his sons, and put the hats on them. The priesthood shall be theirs for a perpetual statute. So you shall consecrate Aaron and his sons.(Exodus 29:1-9).
You shall also have the bull brought before the tabernacle of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the bull. Then you shall kill the bull before the Lord, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting. You shall take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and pour all the blood beside the base of the altar. And you shall take all the fat that covers the entrails, the fatty lobe attached to the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat that is on them, and burn them on the altar. But the flesh of the bull, with its skin and its offal, you shall burn with fire outside the camp. It is a sin offering.(Exodus 29:10-14).
The scripture above is the way and manner of consecrating Aaron and his sons as priests. So as not to be repeating the instruction, we can see the decoration of Aaron and his sons with the priestly garments, and the sacrifices that follow in order to make them eligible for that position. There is the sin offerings, the burnt offerings from them and also from the children of Israel too. (15-18). The sprinkling of the blood on them and on the altar to make them holy. To be a priest before God is NOT A LIGHT THING. The priest carries the sins of the entire congregation before God for cleansing (atonement). so the priest has to be made clean first before he can represent the people. When the priest stands before God after consecrating him for the position, God is answering all the people’s prayers through him. This is why the New Testament emphasizes the role of our Lord Jesus Christ on the earth. He is the Priest and the Lamb, The Bible says there is no remission of sins without the shedding of the blood. Christ is the Lamb that was slain so that His blood can cleanse us from our sins. As the Chief priest He stands before God to represent us and make supplication for us.
Aaron and his sons were consecrated for this service on a continuous basis. The remaining verses in Exodus 29 says “And the holy garments of Aaron shall be his sons’ after him, to be anointed in them and to be consecrated in them. That son who becomes priest in his place shall put them on for seven days, when he enters the tabernacle of meeting to minister in the holy place. “And you shall take the ram of the consecration and boil its flesh in the holy place. Then Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting. They shall eat those things with which the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them; but an outsider shall not eat them, because they are holy. And if any of the flesh of the consecration offerings, or of the bread, remains until the morning, then you shall burn the remainder with fire. It shall not be eaten, because it is holy. “Thus you shall do to Aaron and his sons, according to all that I have commanded you. Seven days you shall consecrate them. And you shall offer a bull every day as a sin offering for atonement. You shall cleanse the altar when you make atonement for it, and you shall anoint it to sanctify it. Seven days you shall make atonement for the altar and sanctify it. And the altar shall be most holy. Whatever touches the altar must be holy.(29-37).
The scriptures above explain to us what to do and not to do. The warnings are very serious because every thing must be done according to His commands. We too that are on this side of salvation should be grateful to be used by God in our sinful state. We did not go through this type of sprinkling of blood on us but the BLOOD of Jesus had done it for all. We are made clean by the washing with the blood of Jesus. 1 Peter 2:9 says “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” We have to be very careful not to go back to our fallen state which is a life of darkness. A life that is enmity with God. We should embrace the fact that we have that fellowship with our God that makes us His royal priesthood and holy nation which is who we are in Christ Jesus. May the Lord continue to give us the reason to praise Him all the days of our lives in Jesus Name, Amen. Be blessed.