June 12, 2019

CONSECRATION OF AARON AND HIS SONS

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:  “Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, the anointing oil, a bull as the sin offering, two rams, and a basket of unleavened bread; and gather all the congregation together at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.” So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. And the congregation was gathered together at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.   And Moses said to the congregation, “This is what the Lord commanded to be done.” Then Moses brought Aaron and his sons and washed them with water.   And he put the tunic on him, girded him with the sash, clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod on him; and he girded him with the intricately woven band of the ephod, and with it tied the ephod on him.   Then he put the breastplate on him, and he put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastplate.   And he put the turban on his head. Also on the turban, on its front, he put the golden plate, the holy crown, as the Lord had commanded Moses. Also Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was in it, and consecrated them.  He sprinkled some of it on the altar seven times, anointed the altar and all its utensils, and the laver and its base, to consecrate them. And he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head and anointed him, to consecrate him. Then Moses brought Aaron’s sons and put tunics on them, girded them with sashes, and put hats on them, as the Lord had commanded Moses.(Leviticus 8:1-13)

The above scripture gives us the order of consecrating Aaron and his sons for the work of God. Everything was done according to the commandments of God. The entire congregation was in attendance. They were washed first, and decorated with all the attire as commanded by God, and then anointed with the anointing oil which was also used to anoint the tabernacle and all the utensils for consecration. Then the next thing that was done (14-36) was the offering of bull for the sin offering for Aaron and his sons, fat and kidneys were burned on the altar while the remaining bull was taken outside the camp to be burned because it was sin offering. Moses used his finger to anoint the horns of the altar with the blood (to purify it) and the rest of the blood was poured at the base of the altar. Then two rams were brought forward, one was used as burnt offering as commanded by God and the other was ram of consecration. Since we had already gone through burnt offering, we will now explain the way the ram of consecration goes. The blood of this ram was applied to the tip of their right ears, the thumb of their right hands and the big toe of their right feet for consecration . Then the blood and the anointing oil were sprinkled on their garments to consecrate them.. Now they were required to stay in the tabernacle for 7 days eating the unleavened bread and the remaining part of the ram of consecration. Whatever was left  must be burned on the altar.

Reading through the scripture above,  you can agree with me that being a priest of God is not an easy task. The process of this consecration was meant for 7 days, sitting at the door of the tabernacle of meeting day and night. This is a serious process that demands every part of our being, body, soul and spirit. The work of God can only be done by the Spirit of God, and because human beings are vessels that God had to pour Himself into, He needs our total surrender. That was why Paul says that He was crucified with Christ in order to live for Him. In order not to go through these various sacrifices, our Lord Jesus Christ laid down His life for us as the sacrificial Lamb.  I remember when I was ordained as a pastor, all I needed to do was to go through some teachings and declarations and also promised to do according to God’s commandments. I did not have to bring bull or ram into the Sanctuary. As soon as I confessed my sins to God, I knew I was forgiven and the Spirit of God must have been poured upon me on that day because my life was not the same again. I had the boldness thereon to preach the gospel and with the leading of the Holy Spirit I was able to teach the Word of God. It is what our Lord Jesus Christ did on the Cross of Calvary that opened the way for us. Ephesians 2:4-10 “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,  even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Therefore children of God let us appreciate our Lord Jesus Christ for this unconditional love that paid the penalty for our sins  2,019 years ago. Since He laid down His life, we have been enjoying the grace of God . We now live by Faith as long as we believe in the Son of God, and as soon as we give our life to Him, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit, to run away from sin. Sin should become abomination to us, if we sincerely ask for the empowerment.  But thank God that He still forgives whenever we run to Him for mercy. The more we stay on the Word and ask for empowerment, the more we see ourselves becoming more and more like Him. The penalty of sin is too grievous and those who have received higher calling should live a life that is worthy of the calling. Now is the time to make our garments spotless because His coming is too close.  May the Lord continue to uphold us to the end in Jesus Name,. Amen. Remain blessed!!!

 

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