THE PRIESTS CONSAGRATION
THE PRIESTS CONSAGRATION.
The book of Leviticus begins with the five basic offerings, goes on with the law of the offerings, and in Chapter eight speaks of the consecration of Aaron and his children. After being save, the life that we received motivate us, to consecrate ourselves to God, to live totally for His intention, serving Him. When serving, we must do it, according to "the law of live" of God and not according to our natural concept. We learn to serve the Lord in this way only and by: enjoying Christ, in the several offerings, as our portion. Thus we will be ready for the consecration in chapter 8.
The word consecration has two-way meaning. First, what already saw, to live as a living sacrifice totally for Him. The second is the one that is registered in Leviticus eight, that is, to received an incumbency from Him, a commission that we will execute. The Hebrew word for consecration in that sense is "to fill the hands", the empty hands of the priests need to be filled of Christ, or better, of the incumbency of Christ to serve God.
God has an intention, and to carry out the desire of his heart he needs the priesthood. For this reason, His intention was that all the nation of Israel was a kingdom of priests, in others words, each citizen of this kingdom was a priest. Exodus 19:4-6, God says: "You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priest a holy Nation. These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites ". God desire was that all the Nation of Israel will be priests. In order, that they will serve and carry out His incumbency, for the fulfillment of His eternal purpose. For such task, God would enable them, because it was to them, whom, He took from the hands of the Egyptians and He took them on wings of eagles. They did not have nor they would have to do nothing, but to hear His voice and to keep His Pact; thus they will become His peculiar property, because all Earth is His. God is the one who provides everything that we needed to carry out its intention. He only requires of us a total dependency, allowing him to do his work trough us. If we stay in an attitude of total dependency, He will carry, trough us what He has command us to do. Nevertheless, the people did not understand it, and said to Mosses: "Everything what Jehovah is saying, we will do” (v.8). This attitude of independence, will made them later fall, worshiping the golden calf; thus the sacerdotal service fell on the tribe of Levi, specifically on the house of Aaron. Thanks God, in the New Testament, He recovers the priesthood among us. Peter says that we are kingdom, holy priesthood (1 P. 2:5,9). We are a body of holy priests and priests’ kings. And "Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence come from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant- nor of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter Kills, but the Spirit gives life"(2 Co. 3:5-6). If we lived a life of consecration, allowing Him to do his work in us, the Lord will consecrate us, that is to say, He will give us a commission, He will putt us in, and to execute THE MINISTRY, the same thing that happened to Paul. "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, for He counted me faithful putting me into THE MINISTRY "(1 Timothy. 1:12). K. James.
" Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying , Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments and the anointing oil and the bull of the sin offering, and the two rams and the basket of unleavened bread."(Lv. 8:1-2). The first item was the clothes. According to Exodus 28:2, clothes are for honor and beauty, meaning that the priests are adorned with the divine characteristics and human excellence of Christ.
Those who serve God must have certain type of expression. When we see a man dressed in the police uniform, we know that he is a policeman. Its uniforme is its expression. The same principle can be applied, to the clothes used by a judge in the court. In the same way, the clothes of the priests mean the expression of Christ in those who serve him. The clothes also qualify them to serve. If they use any other clothes, would not have been qualified. We must ask to ourselves: Do I have the expression of Christ qualifying me to serve as a priest? Also these clothes sanctify us. We are separated, for His intention! How beautiful and glorious it is to be priest of God!.
The oil of the unction.
The described compound oil in Exodus 30:22-30, it was to anoint the tabernacle with its furniture, the altar with all his utensils, the fountain, with its base and the priests. This oil is a type of the triune God as the Spirit, reaching to His elected and regenerated people to be one with them. Such oil is for the sanctification of the priests. We, the priests of the New Testament, must always be full of the Spirit, being one with the Triune God, to serve in a suitable way.
The yearling calf the sin offering.
A priest, in order that he will not trust his flesh, he needs also to know himself, to be conscientious that in his flesh, the good does not dwell, and that even the very nature of the sin is in him (the Ro. 7:18-20). He needs Christ like as the sin offering. He enables us to serve. As priest, we do not have to trust in ourselves, our own force or capacity to serve, we must depend totally on God, in his mercy and grace.
Once treated the problem of the sin, the one sheep was offered as holocaust and the other for the consecration. This shows the intimate existing relationship between the holocaust and the consecration. When receiving from God an incumbency, we must say to him that we are not able to carry out such commission, for that reason we offer ourselves as holocaust, so that He will puts us in His ministry.
The small basket of breads without leavening.
The small basket had three types of cakes; these were raised by the priest in front of the Lord, typifying the resurrection of Christ, because the number three is a type of Christ resurrection, our Lord was resurrected in the third day. This indicates that to assume our priesthood of the New Testament we must do it in the power of resurrection.
If after being saved, we consecrated ourselves, to the Lord, in an absolute way. If we know the way to serve God, having Christ as our supply and enjoyment, he will consecrate us as priests, putting us in His Ministry. Such Ministry is for the building up of the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:12.
Therefore in front of this great task we declared our insufficiency and thus once again, we consecrated our being to Him. Then the Lord will have a way to qualify us in order that we carry out His commission, then we will have the suitable clothes and all the necessary equipment to serve Him Alleluia!