January 29th, 2020
Chapter 28 is all about how Aaron and his sons (the first priests of Israel) would be dressed. A great amount of detail is given which shows just how important this job was. The next chapter then talks about how the priests would be consecrated. A number of different sacrifices and anointments are required. Chapter 30 talks about a separate altar which would be used by Aaron to burn incense upon.
A census tax was to be taken from the people and given to the service of the tent of meeting “that it may bring the people of Israel to remembrance before the Lord, so as to make atonement for your lives.” In chapter 31 we see that God filled certain people with the Holy Spirit and gave them ability to build all the different things that were required. God also spoke to Moses about the importance of keeping the Sabbath.
A couple of key verses are: Exodus 29:35-36
“Thus you shall do to Aaron and to his sons, according to all that I have commanded you. Through seven days shall you ordain them, and every day you shall offer a bull as a sin offering for atonement.”
These verses are significant to me because they show how hard it was to be in the presence of God before Jesus died for us.
Vision of God
These few chapters show how perfect God is. He is completely holy while we are all sinful. God wanted to “dwell among the people” but cannot tolerate sin. Instead of giving up on His people, He made a way for us to be purified.
Vision of self
This scripture reminds me how much sin separates me from God. He is holy and my sin nature is not. Thankfully God loves me and made a way for me to be made holy. This makes me thankful for Jesus. He is our perfect High Priest, and because of Him it is so much easier to be in the presence of God today then it was back then.
Go with God
God has gone great lengths to ensure that I can be with Him. I am thankful for this and want to do my best to sin no more.
It’s really cool to see the connection between the Old and New Testaments. Before Jesus came, the priests had complicated procedures they had to go through to purify themselves just to make an offering for the people’s sin. And even then, it was never really good enough, which is why they continually had to make sacrifices. Jesus is our perfect High Priest. He never sinned and thus does not need to be atoned for. His sacrifice is the one and only sacrifice that we will ever need.