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Leviticus 8

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The Consecration of Aaron and his Sons as Priests

Leviticus 8

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Lesson Number 7

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Aaron and his sons were consecrated as priests under the Law.
  2. Aaron and his sons are a spiritual picture of priests under Grace.

Practical Application

  1. Thank the Lord that we no longer have the Urim and the Thummim

Questions

  1. What was the subject of the first 7 chapters of Leviticus?
  2. What is the subject here in Leviticus 8?
  3. Give a probable explanation of the Urim and Thummim.
  4. Review the elements of the consecration ceremony.
  5. Was the consecration ceremony of Aaron and his sons a onetime event?
  6. Recall the New Testament passages mentioned for priests under grace today.

Answers

  1. Leviticus 1-7 covered the five different offerings which God ordained for worship of the Lord under the Law: the Burnt Offering, the Grain Offering, the Peace Offering, the Sin Offering, and the Trespass Offering.
  2. The consecration of Aaron and his sons so they can begin their service as priests.
  3. The Urim and Thummim were probably two precious stones inside some kind of pouch on the breastplate and were sacred lots to determine God’s will in decision making.
  4. The consecration ceremony of Aaron and his sons began with ceremonial washing, clothing, and anointing. The first sacrifice was a Sin Offering to emphasize that they were sinners just like the rest of the people. Then a Burnt Offering was sacrificed, followed by a Peace Offering. Blood was then applied to Aaron and his sons as a sign of their separation. This was followed by a Wave Offering and a fellowship meal.
  5. No, verse 33 explains the whole consecration ritual was repeated for seven straight days. This emphasized the importance of consecration to Aaron and his sons as well as to the congregation of people.
  6. Christ as our High Priest, Hebrews 5:4-5, and all believers under grace, 1 Peter 2:5-9.

Discuss/Consider

  1. During the consecration ceremony of Aaron and his sons, blood was applied to their right ears, right thumbs, and right big toes. This emphasized the holy separation that should characterize what they listened to, what they did with their hands, and where they went with their feet. Discuss the application of this to your practice of holiness.
  2. The Urim and the Thummim were sacred lots that the high priest could use in decision-making to determine God’s will. Why can we be thankful we don’t have or need these lots today? The Lord promises that He will guide us in everything if we walk with Him. See Proverbs 3:5-6

Challenge

  1. “So Moses did as the Lord commanded him.” Leviticus 8:4 Could this be said of each one of us? Have we done as the Lord has commanded in all the areas of our life?

Key Verses

  • “Then Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram.” Leviticus 4: 18, 22
  • “Then he brought Aaron’s sons. And Moses put some of the blood on the tips of their right ears, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet. And Moses sprinkled the blood all around on the altar.” Leviticus 4:24

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