Today’s Torah Devotional from Exodus 29:19 – 37
The Second Book of the Torah, “Shemot,” “Names.”
This weeks reading is “Tetzaveh,” “You shall command.”
Today’s reading continues with the instructions of installation and consecration of GOD’s high priest, Aaron and his son’s.
Aaron and his sons are to place their hands on the head of the second ram as well, prior to its slaughter.
Some of this rams blood is to be placed on the right ear lobe, right thumb and right big toe of Aaron and his son’s, then springing the remaining blood on all sides of the altar.
Moshe is to then collect all of the blood on the altar and together with the anointing oil, sprinkle it on Aaron, his sons and their vestments to consecrate them unto GOD.
Moshe is then to take specific fat of the ram along with it’s tail and the right hind leg along with one cake of the unleavened bread, the oil bread and one flat cake from the bread basket.
He is to place these items into the open hands of Aaron and his sons having them wave these things in the prescribed motions of a wave offering before GOD, then burn them on the altar as a fire offering to GOD.
The breast of the installation ram shall be a wave offering and Moshe’s portion.
The remaining flesh of the installation ram is to be cooked in a sanctified area. Aaron and his sons will eat the ram’s meat along with the bread near the entrance of the communion tent.
This is their atonement and will complete their installation of their consecrated rank.
This installation ceremony will take seven days to compete and any leftovers must be burned up completely on the altar.
Each day during the installation ceremony a young bull must be offered as a sin offering, sprinkling it’s blood on the altar to atone for any misdeeds associated with making it and to sanctify it, making it Holy of Holies.
Anything touching this altar will therefor become sanctified.
Aaron’s vestments are to be handed down to his descendants after him to give them special status and to install them as priest unto GOD.
The scriptures this week, again, contain so much in the way of types and shadows concerning the very foundations of our faith in Messiah.
We see here GOD consecrating HIS priest through the atonement of sacrifice. This it the natural order for the time and place in which GOD is with HIS people.
We, however, have a much deeper insight into what is truly going on here.
GOD is instructing them in sacrifice to instal HIS high priest, yet we as believers in Messiah, can see the same shadow of what is to come in HIS sacrifice, the perfect atonement of sin.
We also see the “body and the blood” being offered here as the consecration of the high priest.
Just as Yeshua offered up the bread and the wine for HIS disciples, we see Moshe, Aaron and his sons partaking of the offering here to consecrate them unto GOD as priest.
We see the blood consecrating the altar, making it Holy of Holies, much as the Messiah’s blood can consecrate us.
We have so many wonderful shadows here, just as we have in all of the scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation.
Is it possible for us to see Yeshua in the entire Bible, or do we still separate HIM to only the New?
Do we see HIM as the consecration of ourselves into HIS service as high priest, or just as the mechanism for redemption?
Have we accepted the call of service to HIM as HIS high priest through HIS sacrifice or are we still on the side lines, redeemed but not participating in service unto HIM?
Have we the right to simply accept HIM as Messiah and Lord without taking up the cause of service in HIS tabernacle?
Do we look for opportunities to share, not our faith, but our testimony of HIS work in our lives and the offering of HIS sacrifice for others?
Do you know the difference between sharing Messiah with someone and sharing your doctrine?
What is our right and honorable service unto our King, Savior, Helper, Shield and Messiah?
What are your thoughts on these scriptures?
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