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Leviticus 8 - Bloody Worship

We're going to spend two days in Leviticus being reminded what it take to be in a right relationship with God.

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Reading the chapter in an outlined format will really help with Lev. 8


Leviticus 8 Summary

Leviticus 8 gives a tiny glimpse into the vast gulf that exists between our holy God and sinful mankind. At God's command, Moses consecrated Aaron & his sons (made them holy) so that they could go on to represent the people to God.

This processes of consecration and atonement (making payment for sin) of Aaron & his sons involved several actions:

  • Anointing them with oil;

  • Putting on an extensive garment with lots of symbolism;

  • Slaughtering and cutting up a bull and two rams;

  • Presenting the blood, entrails and other organs of these animals in various ways.

This process of being ordained (being set apart to do specific work for the Lord) took seven days to complete.

Dig Deeper

Notice that all of the people were assembled to watch this process. God wants His sinful people to realize how big a deal it is for these sinful men to approach His throne. Serious preparations needed to be made.

As we read this in our culture, it seems like a completely disgusting experience, as the life was literally drained out of the sacrificial animals and their blood and guts poured out and smeared on various parts of Aaron & his sons. Yet this was all being done in the context of golden temple furnishings and beautiful garments these new priests wore.

We're reading these two chapters in Leviticus this week for two reasons.

  1. We need a reminder that sin must be paid for with blood, and that breaking God's covenant results in life being cut up.

  2. As we begin Hebrews next week, we will appreciate much more what Christ's blood accomplished for us as it was poured out for the complete atonement of our sins.

AAA Prayer:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: A holy God who requires sin to be atoned with blood in order to come into His presence;

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Ask God to help you truly appreciate what Christ accomplished for you, especially as we begin reading Hebrews next week.




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