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Monday, July 23, 2012

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The tabernacle, with its furnishings and priests, was physically complete. But this was not enough for it to function as the divine palace. To be fit for the Lord, it had to be made holy, as He is holy. All holiness comes from Him, so only He could consecrate the sanctuary, which mirrored the superior heavenly sanctuary that human hands have not made (Heb 8:2, 5). This consecration was symbolized by a series of rituals, which included use of anointing oil and special sacrifices, and were officiated by Moses as God’s representative.  

 

To ordain the male descendants of Aaron as God’s elite servants within the community, Moses put blood from the ordination sacrifice on their right ears, thumbs, and big toes. This showed that each priest received divine grace, ultimately flowing from Christ’s sacrifice, that enabled him to fulfill his life-and-death responsibility to serve God for the benefit of His people.  Today there is no divinely sanctioned elite Christian priesthood, apart from the priesthood of Christ Himself, through which God’s people must approach Him (Heb 4, 7-10). The human “royal priesthood” includes all Christians as God’s ministers (1 Pet 2:9-10). Amazing grace equips men and women to obey Christ’s commission by ministering for the salvation of others (compare Matt 28:19-20).

 

Roy Gane

Andrews University