Richard Agee

Leviticus 8-9: God ordains the Tabernacle and priesthood of Israel

Richard AgeeGod, through Moshe (Moses), consecrates His mediator, Aharon (Aaron). There is a clear transfer of spiritual authority from Moshe to Aharon at this point. This is a foreshadowing of God’s consecration of Yeshua, our Messiah as our High Priest, who had to walk a sacrificial walk for us that we could hear, do and walk in God’s word as He does. After Moshe consecrated Aharon and his sons, there was no longer any doubt as to how God has chosen to be the mediator between Himself and His people. 

God told Moshe to set aside certain things, including the tabernacle and everything in it. The tabernacle was set aside for a specific purpose, which was a place for God to live. God isn’t living there yet, they are still preparing it for Him. 

Next, Moshe was to consecrate Aharon and his sons. Then the garments were consecrated after that. Moshe made the sin offering and put it on the four corners of the altar. 

As we go through Leviticus 8, we see the point of it was to ordain Aharon and his sons for the priesthood. The word for ordain in Hebrew is מִלֻּא millu (Strong’s lexicon No. H4394), which also means to be installed or set aside

Moshe is a representation of the Father here. Aharon’s role is a representation of the Messiah, the Son of God, Yeshua. The ram that was sacrificed in the ordination portion of this ceremony represents the Messiah, as the ram that was caught in the thicket that saved the life of Yitskhak (Isaac) life (Gen. 22:13) was a representation of Messiah. 

Moshe had to put a smudge of blood onto his right ear, right thumb and right big toe. This is all about the Messiah. It was Moshe who put this blood on Aharon, not the people. God is going to require the Messiah’s blood. Messiah will hear, do and walk in God’s law yet He will die for it. It is because of Messiah’s death that we can hear, do and walk in God’s law. 

This chapter is all about consecration: the tabernacle, the altar, the priests, the garments. All these things were consecrated for a specific function. 

“You shall not go outside the doorway of the tent of meeting for seven days, until the day that the period of your ordination is fulfilled; for he will ordain you through seven days.” (Lev. 8:33)

The ordination was not just a ceremony but a seven-day preparation for office. He had to be filled up with spiritual power to be a mediator between God and His people. 

Our Messiah entered into the Holy of Holies (Most Holy Place, where the Ark of the Covenant was), and it cost Him His life. That is what we read in the Bible letter Hebrews. Yeshua’s flesh had to die. Yeshua was the sacrifice without blemish, perfect. 

Aharon’s job during the ordination was to guard the entrance to the tabernacle. We are to guard the door to our tabernacle, too. We are to guard it with our lives. This was where Cain failed. God told him to guard himself from sin and he refused to obey. 

“Now it came about on the eighth day that Moshe called Aharon and his sons and the elders of Israel;” (Lev. 9:1)

The eighth day is a significant day theologically. All the consecration in Leviticus 8 were done by Moshe but now, starting on the eighth day, it is Aharon who fulfills the role he has been consecrated and ordained to do. It’s a new beginning for all of them. 

“… and he said to Aharon, ‘Take for yourself a calf, a bull, for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, both without defect, and offer them before the LORD.'” (Lev. 9:2)

Gen. 6:9; 17:1 give us more insight in what it means to be blameless or perfect. The apostle Paul tells us to give ourselves to God as a “living sacrifice” (Rom. 12:1), we are to be blameless and perfect. 

Aharon presents all the offerings on the eighth day. It is Aharon who speaks to the congregation. This is the shift from Moshe to Aharon because God is giving Aharon a special job to fulfill. 

Leviticus 9 has an interesting, profound ending. The people were supposed to see and understand something. 

“Then Aharon lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he stepped down after making the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings. Moshe and Aharon went into the tent of meeting. When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people. Then fire came out from before the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the portions of fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.” (Lev. 9:22–24)

The word that is translated shouted is the Hebrew word רָנַן ranan (Strong’s H7442), which means cry or shout of joy. There was no longer any doubt as to how God has chosen to be the mediator between Himself and His people. 

Speaker: Richard Agee. Reader: Jeff. Summary: Tammy.


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