Monday, April 20, 2015

Exodus 29:29-34 Sacred Garments and Sacred Offerings

"Aaron's sacred garments will belong to his descendants
so that they can be anointed and ordained in them.
The son who succeeds him as priest and comes to the Tent of Meeting
to minister in the Holy Place is to wear them seven days.

Take the ram for the ordination and cook the meat in a sacred place.
At the entrance to the Tent of Meeting,
Aaron and his sons are to eat the meat of the ram and the bread
that is in the basket.  They are to eat these offerings by which atonement
was made for their ordination and consecration.
But no one else may eat them, because they are sacred.
And if any of the meat of the ordination ram
 or any bread is left over till morning, burn it up.
It must not be eaten, because it is sacred."

Exodus 29:29-34 (NIV)

As I typed the above verses, I thought that it was interesting that Aaron's sacred garments were to be preserved for the next priest to use.  Somehow this underlined for me the fact that the priesthood would continue on even after Aaron's death, and that the focus was on the worship of the LORD, and not on his servant.

Also, the NIV Study Bible noted that the "sacred place" in v. 31 above, where the meat was to be cooked, was most likely the tabernacle courtyard.

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