Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Aaron and His Sons Begin To Minister

Leviticus 9:1-24

“And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel; And he said unto Aaron, Take thee a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the LORD. 

And unto the children of Israel thou shalt speak, saying, Take ye a kid of the goats for a sin offering; and a calf and a lamb, both of the first year, without blemish, for a burnt offering; Also a bullock and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD; and a meat offering mingled with oil: for to day the LORD will appear unto you.” (Leviticus 9:1-4)

Once the dedication of the priests was finished, they were ready to fulfill their role as priests.  Up until that time God had always spoken through Moses.  As they begin to fulfill their roles as priests, he will appear to them.  The first thing they have to do is offer sacrifices for their own sin and for thanks giving.

Again the picture is of the Christian.  Once he gets saved, the holy spirit comes upon him.  As he begins to address his sins, and thank God for what has happened, the Holy Spirit begins to work in him to teach him as the Lord promised in John 14:26.  “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”  They begin to reach out to others as well.

“And they brought that which Moses commanded before the tabernacle of the congregation: and all the congregation drew near and stood before the LORD.  And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you. 

And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself, and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make an atonement for them; as the LORD commanded.” (Leviticus 9:5-7) 

They still had to deal with their own sin, as well as with theat of the people in the manner which God prescribed.   Until they had dealt with their own sins, they could not deal with those of the people around them.

“Aaron therefore went unto the altar, and slew the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself.  And the sons of Aaron brought the blood unto him: and he dipped his finger in the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar, and poured out the blood at the bottom of the altar: But the fat, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver of the sin offering, he burnt upon the altar; as the LORD commanded Moses.  And the flesh and the hide he burnt with fire without the camp.” (Leviticus 9:8-11)

The first step in being a priest was to deal with ones own sin.   Hebrews 7:27-28 tells us Jesus “…needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.  For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.”  Jesus was both God and human.  Like us, Aaron and his sons were only human and needed to daily offer a sacrifice for their sins.

As Christians, we do not need to offer a new sacrifice, but we do need to repent and get our sins included in the sacrifice Christ made.  I John 1:9 promises, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

“And he slew the burnt offering; and Aaron's sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled round about upon the altar.  And they presented the burnt offering unto him, with the pieces thereof, and the head: and he burnt them upon the altar.  And he did wash the inwards and the legs, and burnt them upon the burnt offering on the altar. “ (Leviticus 9:12-14)

The second thing the priests had to do was focus their attention on God, with a burnt offering of praise or thanksgiving.   Colossians 3:17 commands, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”  Until we learn to be thankful, we will not be successful as priests of God.

“And he brought the people's offering, and took the goat, which was the sin offering for the people, and slew it, and offered it for sin, as the first.  And he brought the burnt offering, and offered it according to the manner.  And he brought the meat offering, and took an handful thereof, and burnt it upon the altar, beside the burnt sacrifice of the morning. 

He slew also the bullock and the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings, which was for the people: and Aaron's sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled upon the altar round about, And the fat of the bullock and of the ram, the rump, and that which covereth the inwards, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver: And they put the fat upon the breasts, and he burnt the fat upon the altar: And the breasts and the right shoulder Aaron waved for a wave offering before the LORD; as Moses commanded.  And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and blessed them, and came down from offering of the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and peace offerings. ” (Leviticus 9:15-22)

When Aaron and his sons were right with God themselves, they were able to serve as priests, drawing the people to God as well.  They followed the guidelines God had laid down for each of the offerings, not just doing it the way they felt like.

“And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people.   And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.” (Leviticus 9:23-24)

When the priests were right with God and did things the way he said, the people saw the glory of the lord, and his power was apparent.  The biggest reason people don’t see the power of God in churches today is because God’s priests, Christians, won’t get right with God, and won’t do things the way he said.

II Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  Instead of trusting God to fix our land and obeying him, we try to fix the world.   As a result, nothing gets fixed.

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