Leviticus 9

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The Inaugurations of the Priests

Leviticus 9

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Lesson Number 8

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Aaron’s priestly ministry began after the week of consecration.
  2. Aaron’s second appearance is a spiritual picture of the return of Christ.

Practical Application

  1. Have the right attitude concerning the return of the Lord.


  1. When did the priestly service of Aaron and his sons begin?
  2. Why was the first sacrifice Aaron offered for himself?
  3. Why did Aaron present four offerings for the people at his inauguration?
  4. Explain the significance of the fire in verse 24.
  5. After Aaron blessed the people, he and Moses went into the tabernacle out of sight of the people. What did his reappearance (verse 23) portray?


  1. On the eighth day, after a full week of consecration ceremonies. See Leviticus 8.
  2. To acknowledge publicly that even though he was the high priest, he was still a sinful man.
  3. This variety of sacrifices was not to atone for specific sins, but to point out the need for all the sacrifices to cover the general sinfulness of the people as well as prepare the people for worship.
  4. Fire from the Lord, like lightning, consumed the portion of the offerings on the altar that were already burning, showing God’s approval and acceptance of the offerings. This was probably the start of the fire on the altar that was to burn continually according to Leviticus 6:13
  5. This is a spiritual picture of the return of Christ. At that time the Lord will return in His resurrection glory as both King and Priest to establish His righteous kingdom here on this earth. There will be worldwide blessing just as Moses and Aaron blessed the people.


  1. In Leviticus 9:15 the phrase “offered it for sin” is literally “he sinned it,” that is, “he made it to be sin.” Discuss this in relation to the truth of 2 Corinthians 5:21.


  1. When the people shouted in verse 24 it was not in fear; it was in joy! When we meet the Lord we will be elated with joy, with an attitude of holy reverence. Do you look forward to that Day?

Key Verses

  • “Aaron therefore went to the altar and killed the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself.” Leviticus 9:8
  • “Then he brought the people’s offering… and offered it for sin.” Leviticus 9:15

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