Good evening y’all. Today we looking at Exodus 28 and 29. The chapters describe the priesthood and the process of ordination.
Be blessed 🙂
One of the first things I noticed is that being a priest is not a right. One can’t just decide they want to be a priest; you have to be chosen or called. As we see in 28:1.
“Call for your brother, Aaron, and his sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. Set them apart from the rest of the people of Israel so they may minister to me and be my priests.(Exodus 28:1 NLT)
God asked Moses to call out Aaron and his sons and set them apart for His use. This tells me you have to be called
Hebrews 5:4 confirms this.
“But no one can have the honor of being a high priest simply by wanting to be one. Only God can choose a priest, and God is the one who chose Aaron”. (Hebrews 5:4 CEVUS06)
The whole description of the priesthood and it’s duties are a shadow of things to come. God was foretelling what plans He had in mind through Jesus.
Aaron was chosen to be the high priest. He was to be the one to appear before God to offer sacrifices and petition God on behalf of the people. In the same way Jesus has been chosen as our high priest. As said in Hebrews 5. He didn’t choose himself God chose him.
“Every high priest is appointed to help others by offering gifts and sacrifices to God because of their sins. A high priest has weaknesses of his own, and he feels sorry for foolish and sinful people. This is why he must offer sacrifices for his own sins and for the sins of others. But no one can have the honor of being a high priest simply by wanting to be one. Only God can choose a priest, and God is the one who chose Aaron. This is how it was with Christ. He became a high priest, but not just because he wanted the honor of being one. It was God who told him, “You are my Son, because today I have become your Father!”( Hebrews 5:1-5 CEVUS06)
Aaron though he was the high priest still had to make atonement for his own sins; he wasn’t a perfect priest. Jesus on the other hand is our perfect priest who doesn’t have to make any atonement for himself.
Aaron had to go before God always wearing the name of Israel on his shoulders and chest. This way the children of Israel were always represented before God. In the same way Jesus our high priest is always before the father interceding for us and forever presenting our case before the Father.
Hebrews 7:16 -28 says it all.
“Jesus became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed. And the psalmist pointed this out when he prophesied, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” Yes, the old requirement about the priesthood was set aside because it was weak and useless. For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God. This new system was established with a solemn oath. Aaron’s descendants became priests without such an oath, but there was an oath regarding Jesus. For God said to him, “The lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow: ‘You are a priest forever.’” Because of this oath, Jesus is the one who guarantees this better covenant with God. There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office. But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever. Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven. Unlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins. The law appointed high priests who were limited by human weakness. But after the law was given, God appointed his Son with an oath, and his Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever”.(NLT)
Jesus is all we need 🙂 Hallelujah!!!
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Have a wonderful night 🙂
***With God all things are possible***