The Consecration of the Priesthood, Part 3

You shall also take one ram, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of
the ram
.” (Exod 29:15)

“The ‘
ram of burnt offering’, (the first ram) pictured the identical consecration already portrayed
in the sacrifice of the bullock, but from a different standpoint, that of divine acceptance. It showed
that the offering was made to God, and accepted by God as a whole; it was completely consumed by
the fire of the Lord’s altar.” (
N.O.T.T. Page 508)

And you shall kill the ram, and you shall take its blood and sprinkle it all around the altar.”
Exod 29:16)

Then you shall cut the ram in pieces, wash its entrails and its legs, and put them with its
pieces and with its head. And you shall burn the whole ram on the altar. It is a burnt
offering to the LORD; it is a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the LORD
.” (Exod 29:
17, 18

“Moses "
cut the ram into pieces, and washed the inwards and legs in water," and "burnt the
head and the pieces and the fat
." Thus during the entire Gospel age Jesus and his Body, the
Church, are being presented, member by member, before God on the altar, yet all are
together as one sacrifice
. The Head was laid on the altar first, and since then all who are "dead
with him
," and cleansed, as in the type, by the washing of water --through the Word--are reckoned
as laid with the Head upon the same altar.

The burning of the offering on the altar shows how God accepts the sacrifice, as "a sweet
smelling savor.”
(T 42)

You shall also take the other ram, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the
head of the ram
.” (Exod 29:19)

The second ram, ‘the ram of consecration’, showed what effect the sacrifice will have upon us,
as the first showed how God receives our sacrifice. Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the
head of the ram of consecration showing thus that it represents them.”

Then you shall kill the ram, and take some of its blood and put it on the tip of the right ear
of Aaron and on the tip of the right ear of his sons, on the thumb of their right hand and
on the big toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood all around on the altar
.” (Exod 29:

“And Moses slew the ram of consecration, taking its blood (
consecrated life) and put it upon each
separately, thus showing that our consecration is an individual work. And he put it upon the tip of
the right ear, thus by our consecration we are enabled to have the ‘
hearing of faith’ and to
appreciate God’s promises as none but the consecrated can. And he put some of the blood on the
thumb of the right hand; so that
whatsoever our hands find to do we do it with our might as
unto the Lord
. Last he put some on the big toe of the right foot, so that henceforth we, ‘ walk
not as other gentiles
’ but ‘walk in newness of life’, ‘walk by faith’, ‘walk in the spirit’, ‘walk
in the light
’, and even, ‘as we received Christ, so walk in him’.” (T 45)

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