“And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.” (Exodus 30:30)
TEST: Exodus 29:1-46; 30:22-30
In this study, we will learn one of the important precepts that will guide us in our Christian journey. In all our studies about the tabernacle of God in the wilderness, you will notice that all the items in the temple were man-made. These items were shaped and overlaid laid with gold or silver and are placed them in a specific place in the temple perpetually to be used whenever the need arise. Only the priest, a living being, from a specific tribe of Levite can become a mediator between God and man in the temple. The priests are the last important item in the temple that God took time to deal with, was made compatible in holiness before they could serve in the temple. Chapter 28 of Exodus was devoted for detail divine design of priest garments. The scripture emphasized that the objective of the priest garment was to match the beauty of the temple with the glory of God upon the priest. The beautiful and glorious garment addressed the outward quality appearance of the priest, but it did not address inner beauty and glorious characteristic of God in the lives of the priest.
In our study today, consecration of the priest addressed the establishment of excellent holy and impeccable characters of God as they mediate between God and man in the temple. The priests by their calling are servants of God, and as such they must reflect God in holiness and righteousness as they minister in the temple. The consecration of the priest was designed for following purposes:
- To impress on the people’s mind an exalted view of the priesthood as a symbol of excellence of the glory of God upon the priest.
- To make the priest aware that their high exalted office comes with great responsibilities to please God in their services
- To instill in the priest the consciousness that they are servants of God and to be qualified to do this they need to offer sacrifices for themselves. This comes with high responsibilities.
CONSECRATION OF THE PRIESTS AND THE ALTAR—
There is something important that preceded the processes of consecration that must be addressed before we begin to talk about the processes of consecration. In verse 4 of the passage that we read, we notice that the Lord Himself chose Aaron and his sons for the ordinance of consecration. They were not chosen by election or by their popularities among the Israelites. The same way the Lord in His infinite mercy chose us through salvation by His grace. We did not choose ourselves.
The watch word about the consecration of the priest is ‘compatibility.’ It is the desire of the Heavenly Father that the priest, the last item, and the only living item in the tabernacle must be made compatible with the rest of the items in the temple, so that whatever the priest shall touch in the temple will remain holy.
The processes of consecration include the following and each of the processes has significance and symbolic inferences.
Cleansing— Exodus 29:4—The vessel in the hand of God must first of all be cleansed before usage
2 Corinthians 6:17
Clothing—Exodus 29:5-9—Being clothed in the specified divinely designed garment of the priest as God commanded Moses in chapter 28 of Exodus is an indication that they are clothed in the glory of Almighty God.
Anointing—Wisdom and skills take the backseat in presence of God because only the anointing can break the yoke
Sin Offering and sacrificing—Exodus 29:10—Before they are qualified to offer sin offering for others in the temple, their own sins must have been blotted out.
Sprinkling of Blood—Exodus 29:19-21—Compatibility between the temple and the priest was established by the sprinkling of the blood—The sprinkling of blood on the ear lobe, right hand thumb and right feet big toe, symbolized that the priest will only hear and obey the directives of God, and his hands will do the biddings of God and his legs will walk in the righteous ways of the Lord. This is:
Wave Offering—Exodus 29:22-24–
Eating of the Atonement and bread of the presence—Exodus 29:32-33—Only the consecrated priests can partake in the atonement meat and the bread of the presence.
INSTITUTION OF PRIEST’S DAILY SACRIFICE—Exodus 29:38-42
After the seven-day consecration of Aaron and his sons as priests of the Tabernacle, God instructed Moses to establish a daily sacrifice. One lamb should be offered upon the altar in the morning with meat offering and another lamb with meat offering in the evening, and as an ordinance of a continual burnt offering throughout their generations.
With this ordinance, obviously, God was making a statement to these priests. He seemed to be saying, “You should maintain a consistent relationship with the Lord.” We remember the faithfulness of Almighty God in the Garden of Eden, He always comes down in His glory at the cool of the day to fellowship with Adam and Eve. In Psalm 55:17, the psalmist said, “Evening and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” Daniel regularly prayed three times a day. (Daniel 6:10) Our Lord Jesus Christ always withdraws from the crowd early in the morning to commune with God.
While we are no longer required to offer the blood of animal to God on the altar of burnt offering, we are commanded to offer spiritual sacrifices through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5) We must appreciate the necessity of maintaining a quality time of relationship with God in our daily devotion during our quiet time by studying the word of God and offering our supplication unto the Lord. Our spiritual offering before God includes:
- Our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable—Romans 12:1-2
- Fruit of our lips as sacrifice of praise and worship—Hebrews13:15
- Ministering to the needs of brethren as sacrificial gift—Galatians 6:9-10
- Ministering to the Lord’s ministries as sacrifice of our resources—2 Cor 8:1-5
- Conducting self to reflect the characters of God in our day-to-day Christian life as sacrifice of self-denial—in mercy, humility and righteousness—Micah 6:7-8
- Loving God with all our hearts and loving humanity as our selves.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CONSECRATION IN CHRISTIAN AGE
In considering the significance of consecration of the priest in the Christian age, we need to ask ourselves personal questions to see whether we fit in to the desires of God in the office of priesthood he had called us into. By His grace we are the priests of the Most High God in any capacity the Lord give you the grace to serve in His vineyard. If you are saved by His grace, you are saved to serve in His vineyard, therefore as yourself this question:
- Is there any outward or inward spot in my life that can hinder my ministration in the temple of God—Psalm 66:18
- Is my physical garment compatible with the beauty and glory of God in the temple?—Is my outward appearance depicts the glory of God? Psalm 90:17 “And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us”
- Is my spiritual garment compatible with the righteousness and holiness of God in the temple? Am I well-dressed physically and spiritually to serve God?—As a minister of God, Am I faithful in bearing the burden of brethren and stand in the gap before the Lord in intercessory prayer?—Ezekiel 22:30
- Have I been empowered by anointing of Holy Spirit and consecrated through sanctification to minister before God in the temple?—Anointing of the Lord turns a secular dwarf to a spiritual giant. Bezalel and Oholiab were anointed and empowered before they could excel in their calling. If not, endeavor like Paul to press forward for the higher calling in Christ Jesus.—Philippians 3:14
- Am I seeing, reasoning, exhibiting faith from the perspective of God, to do all things according to the will of God?—Strange fire bring forth strange judgment. You cannot afford to bring a strange fire to the temple of God. Leviticus 10:1-2
- Do I possess the authority of a minister to minister before God in the temple?—If you possess authority to minister before God, you will qualify to partake in the bread of the presence of God—
- Am I offering acceptable sacrifices before God in the temple?—Romans 12:1-2
As we are doing everything possible in our Christian life to yield to the glorious desires of God in our lives to conform to His image and glory, I pray that His grace will sustain us, in Jesus name, Amen.