Leviticus 8 Outline
– God commanded Moses to ordain Aaron and his sons as priests (Leviticus 8:1-4)
– Moses clothed Aaron with the priestly garment (Leviticus 8:5-9)
– Moses anointed the tabernacle and everything in it (Leviticus 8:10-13)
– Moses offered the bull for the sin offering (Leviticus 8:14-17)
– Moses offered the ram for the burnt offering (Leviticus 8:18-21)
– Moses offered the ram for the ordination offering (Leviticus 8:22-27)
– Moses waved the breast as his share (Leviticus 8:28-29)
– Moses sprinkled some anointing oil and blood on the garments of Aaron and his sons (Leviticus 8:30)
– Moses instructed Aaron and his sons to eat the meat at the entrance of the tent of the congregation (Leviticus 8:31-32)
– Aaron and his sons are to stay at the entrance to the tent of the congregation for 7 days (Leviticus 8:33-36)
Leviticus 8 Summary
God commanded Moses to ordain Aaron and his sons as priests. After Moses had washed Aaron and his sons with water. He clothed Aaron with tunic, sash, robe, ephod, and breastpiece. He put the Urim and Thummim in the breastpiece. Moses used the anointing oil to anoint the tabernacle and all its contents. He sprinkled the anointing oil on the altar and its utensils, basin and its stand for 7 times. Moses poured some anointing oil on Aaron’s head to anoint him. He clothed Aaron’s sons with tunics, sashes and headbands.
Next, Moses presented the bull for the sin offering. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the bull. Moses slaughtered it and apply some of its blood on the altar. The rest of the blood was poured to the base of the altar. Moses removed and burned the fat around the inner parts, the covering of the liver, kidneys and the fat. The hide, flesh and offal were burned outside the camp.
After that, Moses offered the ram for the burnt offering. After Aaron and his sons laid hands on the ram, Moses slaughtered it and sprinkled its blood on all sides. Moses cut the ram into many pieces. He burned the head , the pieces and fat. After washing the inner parts and leg with water, he burned them completely on the altar so that it produced a pleasing aroma to God.
After offering the ram for burnt offering, Moses offered the ordination ram. After Aaron and his sons laid hands on the ordination ram, Moses slaughtered it and applied some of its blood on the right ear, right thumb and right foot’s toe of Aaron. He did the same on Aaron’s sons afterwards. He sprinkled the blood on all sides of the altar. Then, Moses removed the fat tail, the fat on the inner parts, the covering of the liver, kidneys, fat and right thigh. Moses took a cake of bread made oil and a cake of bread made with wafer from the basket of bread made without yeast and put them on the fat portions and right thigh. He handed these to Aaron and his sons and waved them before God as wave offering. Moses took them back from their hands and burned them on the altar on top of the burnt offering as an ordination offering. Moses took the breast and wave it as a wave offering. The breast belong to Moses.
Moses sprinkled some anointing oil and blood, which he had taken from the altar, on Aaron and his sons. Moses instructed Aaron and his sons to cook the meat at the entrance of the tent of the congregation and eat there. Aaron and his sons were to stay at the entrance to the tent of the congregation for 7 days until the ordination ceremony is completed.
Leviticus 8 Bible Study
1. Be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit
Moses poured the anointing oil on the Aaron instead of sprinkle it to signify God abundantly anoint him with the Holy Spirit to do the work of a priest. Not just pastors or church leaders or church elders are anointed with the Holy Spirit. We also should receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit constantly. If you want the Holy Spirit to fill you constantly, you should spend time with God every day. There are many things you can do to spend time with God including read or listen to the word of God, pray, and worship God (Matthew 6:33; Romans 10:17; 1 Peter 2:2).
2. Jesus Christ is our high priest forever
Aaron and his descendants are priests only for a temporary period but Jesus Christ is our high priest forever (Hebrews 7:17; Hebrews 7:21; Psalm 110:4). In Hebrews 9:24-28, for Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.