Leviticus 8:1-13 Here are the instructions for the consecration of Aaron and his sons to begin their office as priests. Their made garments, anointing oil, a bull for a sin offering, two rams and unleavened bread for offerings. All the congregation is assembled to witness. Moses washed them and put on their garments and attachments that we first learned about when we studied Exodus. Moses anointed them with the oil along with the tabernacle’s objects.
Notes: Aaron, his sons, and the objects for sacrifice are all anointed and will be regarded as holy. Only through holiness can the sacrifices be acceptable to God.
Leviticus 8:14-28 Moses instructed them to offer the bull as a sin offering in the way as previously instructed. Moses instructed them to offer one ram as a burnt offering in the way as previously instructed. Moses instructed them to offer the other ram as the ordination offering. Moses put some of the blood on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear and right thumb and big toe of his right foot. Moses did the same to his sons. He then took the bread, prepared it, and put it on the fat and right thigh on the altar and waved them before the Lord. They burned these on the altar with the burnt offering.
Notes: right ear . . . right hand . . . right foot. Using a part to represent the whole, Aaron and his sons were consecrated to listen to God’s holy word, to carry out his holy assignments, and to live holy lives.
Leviticus 8:29-36 Moses waved the breast before the Lord and ate it as part of his portion of the ordination. Moses took some oil and blood from the altar and sprinkled it on Aaron and his sons’ garment so they would be consecrated for duty. Moses instructed them to boil the flesh and eat it with the bread as part of the ordination. What remains of the sacrifice must be burned with fire. They must remain inside the tent for seven days for the ordination to be complete. Violating this will cause premature death. They did all Moses commanded them.
Notes: This is a meal of covenant ratification. The ceremony symbolizes the bond between the Lord and his priesthood.