Monday, August 25, 2014

Exodus 29:1-9 Aaron and His Sons Are Dressed for Their Ordination as Priests of the LORD

"This is what you are to do to consecrate them,
so that they may serve me as priests:

Take a young bull and two rams without defect.
And from fine wheat flour, without yeast, make bread,
and cakes mixed with oil, and wafers spread with oil.
Put them in a basket and present them in it --
along with the bull and the two rams.

Then bring Aaron and his sons
to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting
and wash them with water.

Take the garments and dress Aaron with the tunic,
the robe of the ephod, the ephod itself and the breastpiece.
Fasten the ephod on him by its skillfully woven waistband.
Put the turban on his head and attach the sacred diadem to the turban.
Take the anointing oil and anoint him by pouring it on his head.

Bring his sons and dress them in tunics
and put headbands on them.
Then tie sashes on Aaron and his sons.
The priesthood is theirs by a lasting ordinance.
In this way shall you ordain Aaron and his sons."

Exodus 29:1-9 (NIV)

These paragraphs serve as an overview of the process of ordaining Aaron and his sons as priests of the LORD.  A young bull and two rams without defect, along with bread, cakes and wafers made from fine wheat flour and oil are presented to the LORD.  Then Aaron and his sons are brought to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, ceremonially washed, and dressed in their priestly garments.

The text is careful to note that this priesthood is theirs by a lasting ordinance.  Following paragraphs will give more of the details about the ordination process and the consecration of the Tent of Meeting, the altar, and the priests themselves.

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