3. a. God’s priests (and kings) today under the new covenant are the saints. We are a royal priesthood. Together, we are a holy nation.
Revelation 1:6 NLT— He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
Revelation 5:10 HCSB—You made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign on the earth.
b. The ordination of priests points to the following new covenant realities—
Anyone who confesses Jesus as Lord receives cleansing from all sin. Their spirit is cleansed and remains cleansed. There is a spiritual analogy here. When we get born again, we are washed clean from all sin, even future-tense sin (see my notes at Hebrews 9:12 and 10:10, 14).
As we walk through this life, we get our feet dirty and need to clean them occasionally, but we don’t have to ever get that entire body cleansing again. Likewise, our spirits are sanctified and perfected forever (Hebrews 10:10, 14; 12:23), but our outsides get dirty from contact with the world.
- Dressed—Saints are clothed in the presence of Jesus Christ, dressed in a clean, unsoiled garment through being washed in His blood.
- Anointed—Jesus Christ was anointed with the Holy Spirit to become the High Priest for all who believe and accept His sacrifice for the sin of all people.
Likewise, when Jesus ascended, He sent the Holy Spirit to empower believers to do the same and greater.
It was a rite of inauguration into each of the three typical offices of the Jewish commonwealth. Smith’s Bible Dictionary
4. a. Ordination and consecration defined—
Ordination—the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders; the ceremony of bestowing a person with a position of religious authority Vocabulary.com
Interestingly, Smith’s Bible Dictionary doesn’t have an entry for ordination.
Consecration—(1) sanctification of something by setting it apart (usually with religious rites) as dedicated to God; (2) a solemn commitment of your life or your time to some cherished purpose (to a service or a goal) Vocabulary.com
devoting or setting apart of anything to the worship or service of God Easton’s Illustrated Dictionary
The Hebrew word qadash means to be set apart according to the New American Standard exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Qadash is translated consecrated or consecration ninety-nine times in the NASB. All instances occur in the Old Testament.
The references apply the word not just to Aaron and his sons, but also to all the people, certain places, the tabernacle, and the other items God instructed them to create for worship.
Since the New Testament doesn’t use the exact word, but there are similar
In other words, as true believers in Christ, the act of consecration involves our lives being a living sacrifice to Him; we are totally separated from the defilement of the world. Each day, we are to live out our lives as a “holy” and “royal” priesthood to the glory of God, for we are now God’s people (1 Peter 2:9-10). Read more @ Got Questions
b. Concerning blood on the priest’s ear, thumb and big toe:
Blood on the priest’s right ear, thumb and big toe pictures consecration of His ears to hear God’s voice, hands to do God’s work, and feet that would walk into the Holy of Holies and other places God sent Him.
From BSF’s facebook page: “In Leviticus 8, Moses consecrated Aaron and his sons as priests, showing that their ears, hands and feet are set apart for God. God has set Christians apart. We are to hear His voice in Scripture, keep our hands pure from evil and walk in His ways. This is a high calling.”
c. Personal question: In what area is my life NOT consecrated to God?
I still want approval and acknowledgment for the hard work I do helping my son and his family. Mostly, it feels like they point out my shortcomings. And there are many.
I want to be perfect so others will notice. I should only be interested in God’s approval. Trying to please man is idolatry.
He just reminded me of the verse below, and as I read on, I saw the promise and reward. So much greater than the receiving the approval of man.
Lord Jesus, this is my desire. Or I should admit, I want this to be my only desire. Help me make it so.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Proverbs 3:5-8 MSG
5. a. Exodus 29:35-37
- During the seven days and nights of ordination, the new priests had to stay in the Tent of Meeting.
- Each day, Moses had to sacrifice a young bull as a sin offering to purify them.
- After each day’s sacrifice, clean the altar and purify it.
- After each day’s sacrifice, anoint the altar with oil to consecrate it.
The BSF question asks what the new priests do. To me, the scripture reference sounds like God instructed Moses to take the above actions. That seems to make more sense to me. The priests aren’t already ordained. Afterward, they could touch the altar. How does it sound to you?
- Unchangeable. Jesus is my permanent high priest. Forever.
- Incorruptible. Jesus won’t get burned out, tired, caught in adultery, become a glutton, or fear evil.
- Intercessor. Jesus intercedes for me.
- Unblemished. Jesus is holy and blameless.
- Salvation. Jesus is my sin offering once and for all. I don’t need a new one every day.
I’m so thankful for the new covenant. I am forgiven. I am free from condemnation. I am loved. I am clean.
I just requested prayer from the subscribers to this website. Not that we shouldn’t ask each other to pray.
But I should earnestly remember Jesus prays for me. And that He is sitting right next to Father God.
Why do I forget about that?
Why do I still feel abandoned at times?
Lord, forgive me.