This podcast is designed to help you better understand the Word of God — both the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament is the story of the Covenant which God made with His chosen people Israel. And the New Testament is the story of the Cross which signifies the fulfillment of the Old Covenant with Israel and the formation of a New Covenant with redeemed people from many nations.
Today’s passage of Scripture is Leviticus 8:6-10 which reads: “And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water. And he put upon him the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and he girded him with the curious girdle of the ephod, and bound it unto him therewith. And he put the breastplate upon him: also he put in the breastplate the Urim and the Thummim. And he put the mitre upon his head; also upon the mitre, even upon his forefront, did he put the golden plate, the holy crown; as the Lord commanded Moses. And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them.”
Today’s Covenant & the Cross quote about the Bible is from Patrick Henry. He said: “The Bible is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed.”
Our topic for today is titled “Making a Nation Out of a Mob (Part 8)” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.
— GUIDELINES FOR PRIESTHOOD
The nation of Israel was to be “a kingdom of priests”. That is, they were to be God’s representatives on earth and to represent the people of the world to God. As such, they were to have a distinct lifestyle. In some respects, we clearly see that their lifestyle was held to higher standards. In other respects, we can say only that it was distinct. In a similar way, the tribe of Levi had a special position within the nation, for it was the priestly line. The priests represented God to the people of Israel, and also represented the people of Israel before God. As such, they were to have an even more distinctive lifestyle.This section gives aspects of both groups, and they are somewhat intertwined.
The priesthood was inaugurated with the consecration of Aaron. A key word that shows up in this process is anoint. Beginning in Leviticus 8:10, we see that the tabernacle was anointed. The altar and all the items of the sacrificial system were anointed. Aaron was anointed. The Hebrew verb used is the one from which we get the word Messiah, the Anointed One. The idea is that through this dedication ceremony, the priesthood and tabernacle system were established as working entities.
This entire process was serious business. That fact was pointed out sharply in the tragic incident of Nadab and Abihu, Aaron’s sons. We are told only that they “offered strange fire before the LORD.” Apparently this means that they took coals from an unconsecrated fire, not the brazen altar. From our perspective, this irregularity seems somewhat trivial, but from God’s perspective, it was an act demeaning to His position as God and as suzerain. To illustrate the seriousness of the situation, the two died, consumed by fire from God. Moses then warned Aaron that he needed to continue with the dedication process—worshiping God was more important than mourning two sons who had disobeyed.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.