It sometimes takes a bit of sacrifice from our part to get where we want to be. Even the priests who were appointed to serve God and His people had to sacrifice something..let’s find out what this was..
1After the ordination ceremony, on the eighth day, Moses called together Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel. 2He said to Aaron, “Take a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, both without defects, and present them to the Lord. 3Then tell the Israelites, ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering, and take a calf and a lamb, both a year old and without defects, for a burnt offering. 4Also take a bull and a ram for a peace offering and flour moistened with olive oil for a grain offering. Present all these offerings to the Lord because the Lord will appear to you today.’”
5So the people presented all these things at the entrance of the Tabernacle, just as Moses had commanded. Then the whole community came forward and stood before the Lord. 6And Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded you to do so that the glory of the Lord may appear to you.”
7Then Moses said to Aaron, “Come to the altar and sacrifice your sin offering and your burnt offering to purify yourself and the people. Then present the offerings of the people to purify them, making them right with the Lord, just as he has commanded.”
8So Aaron went to the altar and slaughtered the calf as a sin offering for himself. 9His sons brought him the blood, and he dipped his finger in it and put it on the horns of the altar. He poured out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. 10Then he burned on the altar the fat, the kidneys, and the long lobe of the liver from the sin offering, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 11The meat and the hide, however, he burned outside the camp.
12Next Aaron slaughtered the animal for the burnt offering. His sons brought him the blood, and he splattered it against all sides of the altar. 13Then they handed him each piece of the burnt offering, including the head, and he burned them on the altar. 14Then he washed the internal organs and the legs and burned them on the altar along with the rest of the burnt offering.
15Next Aaron presented the offerings of the people. He slaughtered the people’s goat and presented it as an offering for their sin, just as he had first done with the offering for his own sin. 16Then he presented the burnt offering and sacrificed it in the prescribed way. 17He also presented the grain offering, burning a handful of the flour mixture on the altar, in addition to the regular burnt offering for the morning.
18Then Aaron slaughtered the bull and the ram for the people’s peace offering. His sons brought him the blood, and he splattered it against all sides of the altar. 19Then he took the fat of the bull and the ram—the fat of the broad tail and from around the internal organs—along with the kidneys and the long lobes of the livers. 20He placed these fat portions on top of the breasts of these animals and burned them on the altar. 21Aaron then lifted up the breasts and right thighs as a special offering to the Lord, just as Moses had commanded.
22After that, Aaron raised his hands toward the people and blessed them. Then, after presenting the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offering, he stepped down from the altar. 23Then Moses and Aaron went into the Tabernacle, and when they came back out, they blessed the people again, and the glory of the Lord appeared to the whole community. 24Fire blazed forth from the Lord’s presence and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When the people saw this, they shouted with joy and fell face down on the ground.
Before performing sacrifices for the rest of the community, the priests had to offer sacrifices for themselves because they were defective like everyone else. Christ, to whom their ritual services pointed to, is the only ladder between us and God (look at John 1:51). He lived among us and experienced the kinds of temptations that we face today, so He fully understands our struggles at any level or situation. But He did not sin, and therefore He needed no atonement for Himself (Heb 4:15; 7:26-28). His sacrifice is only for us. As we come before God, miracles can start to happen if we take up our own sacrifices just like the priest had to sacrifice:
- A Sin offering–the fat being cut out and burned represented repentance from sin
- A Burnt offering–the whole animal being burnt represents total consecration
- The peace offering–represents fellowship with God.
This pattern should reflect our attitude every time we come before God in worship. If this were to happen, we too can expect the miracle to follow: “Fire blazed forth from the Lord’s presence and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When the people saw this, they shouted with joy and fell face down on the ground.” (Verse 24). We don’t have to burn animals anymore and I don’t think the government agencies in the U.S would allow it either, thank goodness! Jesus has came to this earth to take the place of the clean animal be slain for our sins already that gloomy day at the cross. Live for Him today, I encourage you to meditate upon these thoughts throughout your day.
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