Notes: March 21, 2008; Leviticus 8

The Aaronic priesthood begins.

Meditation Points:

  • Throughout this chapter we see that the anointing and dedication of the Aaronic priesthood is "as the Lord commanded" (verses 4, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 29, 34, 35, 36 ). How many of today’s priest-led religions can say the same thing?
  • All the priests were touched on their ear, thumb and toe with blood from the burnt sacrifice (Leviticus 8:23-24). Would that all of our hearing, and doing, and going were so anointed by the blood of the one sacrifice that truly takes away sin.
  • The newly anointed priests were sequestered for one week following their installation into office (Leviticus 8:33-35). The punishment for leaving early was death. Although appointed to the highest privilege, the priests must learn to submit to God. This was not monastic life as some have practiced it; this was a season alone with God before entering upon the actual work among people. After His baptism, Jesus spent 40 days alone with God in the wilderness, before entering into the synagogue in Capernaum and announcing Himself.