The Consecration of the Priesthood, Part 2

You shall also have the bull brought before the tabernacle of meeting, and Aaron and his
sons shall put their hands on the head of the bull
.” (Exod 29:10)

“Note that Moses, and not Aaron nor his sons provided the bullock for this occasion, the
consecration of the priesthood. The animal here used for a sin-offering was a bullock, since
bullock represents perfect humanity
, we may gather from the type that neither the Logos (our
Lord in his pre-human existence) nor the church possessed it; but that God here typified by Moses
supplied it for the specific purpose of sacrifice.”

For Jesus he prepared a perfect body;A body you have prepared for me…” (Heb 10:5).
For the church he did not prepare perfect bodies, but he did prepare the church to be
Eph 1:23) of Christ, through the imputation of the righteousness of their head. This provision of
God and this alone enables the church to make up, as it were, “
that which remains of the
afflictions of Christ for the body’s sake…
” (Col 1:24) Is it not significant that in the type both
Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the bullock?”
Lev 8:14

“The bullock for the sin-offering was brought, ‘and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the
’ of it, thus saying, this sacrifice represents us. From that moment, all that happened to the
bullock represented what was to be done to Jesus and his body,
and the church as human beings.
The bullock was delivered up to the ‘
law’ (represented by Moses), to meet its demands against
Israel typical of mankind in general. To meet the demands of the law it had to be slain, ‘
and Moses
slew it
’.” (T 41)

And eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a perfect man [Jesus] for a perfect man [Adam].”
Deut 19:21

In the type, it will be observed, it was Moses who brought the bullock for both Aaron and his sons
to lay their hands upon the head of it, as if to say, we accept this bullock from your hands, Moses,
and in this ritual it is to represent us. Like all the animals in this `
consecration’ ritual, the bullock
was slain by Moses.

As only those believers who make consecration to the utmost—`even unto death’—are
begotten of the holy Spirit and counted members of the Great High Priest, so the types
illustrated; for the Levites in general did not receive of the holy anointing oil, typical of the
holy Spirit, but
only the sacrificers, the priests. These were all sprinkled with the oil mixed with
blood, to show that the Holy Spirit granted to the members of Christ is theirs only by virtue of the
shedding of blood:
(1) the sacrifice of Christ Jesus on their behalf, justifying them; and (2) their
pledge to joint-sacrifice with Christ—laying down their lives in his service. (
Exod 29:21).” F 131

Thus God supplies for the Church the human perfection of Christ Jesus, her Head;
accounting to her the human perfection which would be hers in the end of the millennial
age, were each of her individual members merely sharing earthly restitution
. The life-rights
then possessed would not be those lost in Father Adam, but rather those laid down by the man
Christ Jesus. Such an accounting or imputation of the merit of Christ does not make the Church
actually perfect, but in the matter of her consecration makes her acceptable “
in the beloved.” (Eph
) Her true condition, as far as her humanity is concerned, is more particularly set forth in the
goat of the sin-offering of the Atonement Day; or maybe in the burnt-offerings whereof the head,
unwashed (representing Jesus) having been laid upon the altar, the legs and inwards (body
members, representing the Church) were first washed ere they could be laid as pieces unto the
head. (
Lev 8:20, 21)

Let it be noted that nothing is ever said about washing either head or body of the bullock.
Undoubtedly this is because the bullock represents perfect humanity, implying also a sinlessness
requiring no justification. Here it is clearly set forth that if we are `
in Christ’—one with him, we are
already justified. That this justification took place before we became worthy of oneness with Christ,
is shown in the type, we believe, by the washing which the priesthood underwent ere any of the
animals were slain. It is implied in the reaching forth of their hands and placing them upon the
head’ of the bullock. Surely, our justification is based upon the fact that we have accepted the
perfect humanity of Christ Jesus as our own.
If we have appropriated to ourselves his
righteousness, made available by way of his ransom sacrifice on our behalf, our own
(unrighteousness) must have passed away, and if so, our standing before
God is
now in Christ’s righteousness, and in his alone. Such indeed, is our justification.

Then you shall kill the bull before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of meeting. You
shall take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar with your
and pour all the blood beside the base of the altar
.” (Exod 29:11, 12)                  

“The “
finger” of the “law” thus pointed out that the altar of earthly sacrifices was acceptable to God
by reason of the shed blood (
the life given), and that all who realize the power of the altar (the
horns are a symbol of power
) must first recognize the blood which sanctifies it. The blood poured at
the base the altar showed that through the blood of the sacrifice (
life given) even the earth was
purchased back from the curse, “
Unto the redemption of the purchased possession.” See Eph
(T 41)

And you shall take all the fat that covers the entrails, the fatty lobe attached to the liver,
and the two kidneys and fat that is on them, and burn them on the altar. But the flesh of
the bull, with its skin and its offal, you shall burn with fire outside the camp. It is a sin-
.” (Exod 29:13, 14)

And Moses took the bullock his hide, flesh, and etc., and burnt them with fire outside the
. Thus the humanity of Christ complete, head and body is made “a sin-offering”, suffering
the destruction to which the world was doomed, and from which by this sacrifice it will ultimately be
delivered- the merit being in the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus, we his ‘
brethren’, being privileged to fill
up a measure of his sufferings, as ‘
members of his body’.” (Col 1:24) But while the humanity of
the Royal Priesthood is destroyed, as a vile thing in the eyes of the world, as represented by the
burning of the bullock outside the camp, God accepts the heart devotion which prompts the
sacrifice, which says, ‘
Lo I come to do thy will, O God’, I delight to do thy will, O my God.’
This was represented by the offering on the altar of the fat and parts of the inward life producing
organism, as a ‘
sweet savor’ unto the Lord.” (T 42)  

The blood having been applied to the horns of the altar and poured at its base, seems to point out
that the altar of earthly sacrifices was acceptable to God by reason of the shed blood, (the
life given
), and that all who realize the power of the Altar, must first recognize the blood
which sanctifies it
” and that “even the earth was purchased back from the curse.” (T 42)
Horns are symbols of power, probably because those creatures bearing them often manifest their
power by means of them.

This consecration of the altar was in addition to that accomplished with the holy anointing oil at the
time of God’s formal acceptance of the Tabernacle as his dwelling place. (
Exod 40:10) The altar, in
this instance, does not specifically represent the ransom sacrifice as the basis upon which all other
sacrifices should be acceptable, though this is of course implied. In this type it seems to represent
more particularly the earthly altar, i.e. the earth itself is made acceptable as an altar, by way of the
shed blood which in this age sanctifies it again—at the incoming age! (
N.O.T.T. Pages 504-506)

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