10. a. God planned to bring an end to the murmuring against Aaron by causing Aaron’s staff to sprout, bud, blossom, and produce ripe almonds when it was placed before the ark of the covenant.
God said, “Place Aaron’s staff permanently before the Ark of the Covenant to serve as a warning to rebels. This should put an end to their complaints against me and prevent any further deaths.”
b. Just as God unquestionably confirmed Aaron’s priesthood, God also qualified Jesus as our perfect high priest.
- We have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven. Hebrews 8:1 NLT
- There he ministers in the heavenly Tabernacle, the true place of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands. Hebrews 8:2 NLT
- Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood. Hebrews 8:6 NLT
11. a. God made Aaron and his sons responsible for violations connected with the priesthood.
b. The Lord provided for the priests and Levites with the following:
- All the consecrated offerings
- The portion of the most holy offerings that is not burned on the fire, including the grain offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings.
- All the sacred offerings and special offerings presented to me when the Israelites lift them up before the altar also belong to you.
- The harvest gifts brought by the people as offerings to the Lord—the best of the olive oil, new wine, and grain.
- All the first crops of their land that the people present to the Lord belong to you.
- Everything in Israel that is specially set apart for the Lord also belongs to you.
- The firstborn of every mother, whether human or animal, that is offered to the Lord. (Redemption rules apply to humans and unclean animals.)
- The meat of these animals will be yours.
- Instead of an allotment of land, I will give them the tithes from the entire land of Israel.
12. Interesting points about ceremonial cleansing in Numbers 19 —
- I recently read about red heifers. Note the breaking news article. Some Christians believe rebuilding the temple is significant to the second coming. Others believe it is only symbolic since Jesus took the place of the tenth one.
The red heifer is an unusual sacrifice.
- It is a female and not male.
- A specific color rare for the species at that time.
- Offered outside the camp.
- A layperson kills and burns all of it while a priest watches. None of the meat is reserved.
- The blood isn’t drained and poured out. Only a few drops sprinkled.
- Sprinkling water with hyssop—Is that the origin of the Catholic practice of sprinkling holy water? I never noticed or thought about it before.
Photo credit for Red Angus Heifer Public Domain