Chapter 9

The Priests Begin Their Work

    • On the eighth day, after the ordination ceremony was complete, Moses called Aaron, his sons, and the Israelite elders together. He told Aaron to offer a young bull for a sin offering and a young ram for a burnt offering and present them to the Lord. He told the Israelites to offer a male goat for a sin offering, and a year old calf and lamb for a burnt offering. He also told them to take an ox, ram, and grain mixed with oil to offer as a peace offering. They were to offer all of these things because the Lord was going to appear before them that day.

      • Guzik writes, “The whole ceremony of consecration lasted more than a week. It was not a quick and easy process. The call to the priesthood came on the eighth day, the day of new beginnings. After seven days of patient fellowship with the Lord in His tabernacle, God was ready to do a new work in and through the priests… As part of the consecration ceremony, Aaron and his sons lived for an entire week at the tabernacle of meeting. Yet they still had sin to atone for during that week. The consecration ceremony did not make Aaron and his sons perfect. During the seven days of just sitting in the tabernacle he added more sin to his account that had to be cleared…Through the repetition of sacrifice, God also wanted to show that as useful as the animal sacrifices were, they were not complete and could not make and end of sins. Only the perfect sacrifice of the Messiah could do that.

    • The Israelites brought everything Moses told them to bring to the entrance of the Tabernacle. Moses told them that this is what the Lord commanded them to do so that He could appear to them. Moses told Aaron to come to the altar and sacrifice his sin and burnt offerings to make atonement for himself and the people.

    • Aaron and his sons did exactly as they had been instructed- following all the commands exactly. After he had presented the sin offering, burnt offering, and peace offering, he stepped down from the altar. Moses and Aaron went into the Tabernacle and when they came back out they blessed the people again. Then, the glory of the Lord appeared to everyone. Fire came out from the Lord’s presence and consumed the burnt offering and fat on the altar. When the people saw this, they shouted and fell face down on the ground.

      • Guzik notes, “God proved His presence by sending the fire…Fire was often associated with God’s presence and work. Deuteronomy 4:24 tells us, the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. John the Baptist promised Jesus would come with a baptism with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11). The Holy Spirit manifested His presence on the day of Pentecost by tongues of fire (Acts 2:3). Jesus said: I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! (Luke 12:49) ”

      • Guzik also highlights this crucial information, “Though this consecration ceremony has a spiritual application to us, we obviously were not literally consecrated to the priesthood through this ceremony. Yet our priesthood is real and after the pattern of the priesthood of Jesus, who never went through such a ceremony. The priesthood of Jesus was based on an oath, as in Hebrews 7:21-22: For they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: The Lord has sworn and will not relent, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. We are also made priests not by a ceremony, but by the oath – the promise of God – just like Jesus.”