My answers to BSF study questions for Exodus 28-29
7. a. God chose Aaron and his sons as priests. He told Moses to have elaborate, symbolic garments created for Aaron to wear. There were additional instructions for consecration and ordination.
Hebrews 5:1-5 explains how Jesus became our High Priest through a similar process. He was chosen by God and became our sacrifice.
b. How does God choosing Aaron relate to our work or ministry?
We aren’t called to become High Priests. Jesus filled and will always fill that role.
I am one who believes in Him, so I am called, appointed and given the authority to do the works of Jesus, and greater.
Jesus our Messiah,
- Performed miracles — turned water into wine, calmed the storm, walked on water, multiplied food to feed thousands, cursed the fig tree…
- Healed the leprous, deaf, blind, lame, feverish, paralyzed, epileptic…
- Set the captives free by casting out demons.
- Confronted the religious hypocrites. (Oddly enough, that’s the one that yields the most persecution.)
- Raised the dead.
- Taught with authority. Luke 4:32 ; Matthew 7:29 (I don’t think of myself as a teacher, but I realize my writing may be taken that way. Scary thought. That’s one reason it’s often hard to click that publish button.)
- Forgave sins. Luke 5:24 (That’s a hard one. The longer you live, the more offenses we have to forgive.)
- Loved ordinary people and didn’t try to keep them away. Even if He was tired. Even if they were infants. Even if they were ceremonially unclean. Or infectious.
- Made disciples. Not new members. Not new converts. Disciples.
When I realized the above list actually applies to little ole me, it shook me up. Big time.
I like to hide from the world. In fact, I was taught to hide from the world.
Those are big shoes to fill. And He says our shoes will be even bigger. The above works are a far cry from what most Christian institutions encourage us to do. It’s time for us to spill out into the streets!
8. Comparison of Aaron’s consecration ceremony to what God does for us at the new birth—
- Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:14—Aaron and his sons washed their (external) bodies with water before putting on the priestly garments. In the New Covenant, the blood of the Messiah cleanses our consciences, renews and regenerates us on the inside. He cleanses us by His Spirit from all wickedness and dead works.
- Galatians 3:27—Aaron and his sons were washed with water and put on the special garments, made according to God’s own specifications, before entering into the tabernacle. In the New Covenant, as believers, we are baptized/immersed in Christ and we are clothed in His righteousness.
- 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Titus 3:6—Moses poured anointing oil on Aaron’s head to anoint him as God directed. In the New Covenant, God has consecrated and anointed us with His Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ our Savior.
- Romans 3:25—The Hebrew word for mercy seat—the lid of the ark of the covenant—is the same word translated as sacrifice or propitiation in Romans 3:25. “On the great day of atonement the high priest carried the blood of the sacrifice he offered for all the people within the veil and sprinkled with it the “mercy-seat,” and so made propitiation.” Easton’s Bible Dictionary The blood of an animal sacrifice didn’t provide forgiveness from sin. God held back punishment until Jesus came. That was His plan all along. Jesus’ blood sacrifice provided forgiveness for all sin—past, present, and future. It’s not by our own works but Jesus’ righteousness. All believers are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
- 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:5-6—Aaron and his son’s were the first priests to serve in the tabernacle. The priesthood was given to Aaron and his descendants. In the New Covenant, through Jesus, every individual is chosen as a royal priesthood—a whole kingdom of priests!