Today's passage: Leviticus 8
- Chapter 8 contains the ordination and consecration of the priesthood (At this point, Aaron and his sons).
- The priests offered a sin offering, a burnt offering and a peace offering separately as progressive elements of their preparation for service. They were not ready for the final offering and consecration without having participated in the prior prerequisite offerings.
- Eating the food offered and remaining in the tabernacle for one week were given to complete the ordination process. The meal and time spent likely initiated the relationship, place and service that would come for the priesthood.
Questions to consider:
- How many times can you find the phrase, “As the Lord commanded” in this chapter? What is being confirmed through this repetition?
- What place was Moses serving in all of this (And on whose behalf)? In what way was he set apart to be able to make these sacrifices and sprinkle the blood prior to the ordination of the priesthood?
- How significant was this process of ordination? What would the consequences have been if Aaron and his sons had left the tabernacle within that first week (Verse 35)? What picture was God ensuring would be before the eyes of His people in establishing the priesthood?