We can be priests–new ones thankfully

Today’s Reading:  Leviticus 7 and 8

As we dig deeper into Leviticus today we continue with a close look at the anatomy of sacrificed animals.  We learn about the fat around the internal organs, the blood etc.

Today we read that there was an anointing ceremony that would make most of us lose our lunch these days….

Leviticus 8:22 – 24  NLT

22 Then Moses presented the other ram, which was the ram of ordination. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the ram’s head, 23 and Moses slaughtered it. Then Moses took some of its blood and applied it to the lobe of Aaron’s right ear, the thumb of his right hand, and the big toe of his right foot. 24 Next Moses presented Aaron’s sons and applied some of the blood to the lobes of their right ears, the thumbs of their right hands, and the big toes of their right feet. He then splattered the rest of the blood against all sides of the altar.

This splattering of the blood of the sacrificial ram was done at the ordination ceremony of the temple priests.  They were to be set apart as holy.  They were specially chosen by God and they had special responsibilities.  They were there to make the thanks offerings, peace offerings, the guilt offerings, the atonement offerings, etc. for all the people of Israel.  They were the mediators between God and man. 

Today you and I do not need a priest to do this things for us.  You and I on our own can go before God with our requests, our confession and our thanks.   The good news is that we do not need to be splattered with the blood of a ram to be ordained to speak with God.

Philippians 4:4- 7 NIV

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I John 1:9 NIV

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 Thessalonians 5:17-19 NIV

17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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About plimtuna

I am just an average guy trying to find his way along this journey of life. I am definitely middle aged. I am definitely happily married with a wife and two children. Personally, I have a passion for things eternal. Professionally, I have a passion for things that are securely in control.
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