The Consecration of the Priesthood, Part 4

Since we understand the importance given to Moses in explaining every minute detail involved in the
Tabernacle and its ceremonies, that every jot and title had to be exactly performed in the type due to
the fact that it illustrated something greater and far more important ("
the copy and shadow of the
heavenly things
" Heb 8:5 that is the Divine Plan of the Ages), it becomes even more prudent for
us to examine the various accounts to see that we too do not miss nor overlook anything.

A careful comparison of
Exodus 29 verses 22-24 with Chapter 8 verses 25 and 26 of Leviticus,
which is another account of the same consecration of the priesthood, reveals one particular step
which was omitted in the
Exodus account, therefore we shall continue with our examination of the
consecration of the priesthood henceforth following the account given in
Leviticus, beginning with
Verse 25. (The step omitted in the Exodus account is highlighted here.)
















Then he took the fat and the fat tail, all the fat that was on the entrails, the fatty lobe
attached to the liver, the two kidneys and their fat, and the right thigh; and from the basket
of unleavened bread that was before the LORD he took one unleavened cake, a cake of bread
anointed with oil, and one wafer,
and put them on the fat and on the right thigh.”  (Lev 8:25,
26
)







The choice portions of the ram, it’s “entrails” and “fat” represent our heart sentiments, our
best powers
.” (T 45)







Upon these were placed (by Moses) the unleavened cake, the cake of oiled bread, and the
wafer
. The first an unleavened cake represented the actual purity of Jesus as a man, and the imputed
purity of the church as men, as attested by the law (Moses)-justification, for ‘
the righteousness of
the law is fulfilled in us
’ so long as we are accepted members of his body (Rom 8:4) The second
unleavened cake, mingled with oil, represented the indwelling spirit of God- sanctification. The third, a
wafer represented our hope and faith in the exceeding precious promises of glory, honor, and
immortality, without these elements it is impossible for our consecration to be complete, and hence
acceptable; visualize
justification (purity), sanctification by the spirit, through the belief of the truth,
and faith in the promised
glorification.” (T 46; N.O.T.T. Page 522)



















And he put all these (the unleavened bread, fat portions and right tight) in Aaron’s hands and in
his sons’ hands and [they] waved them as a wave offering before the LORD
.” (Lev 8:27)

“The wave offering represents the fact that a consecrated offering is not given to the Lord for a
moment, a day or a year, but that we consecrate to continually keep our affections and powers
uplifted, never ceasing until accepted of him as having finished our course.”






















Then Moses took them from their hands and burned them on the altar, on the burnt
offering. They were consecration offerings for a sweet aroma. That was an offering made by
fire to the LORD
.” (Lev 8:28)

And Moses took the wave offering off their hands (the priest did not lay it down). God’s
acceptance being shown by fire, so we, the ‘
Royal Priest’ may not lay down or cease to offer all our
powers in God’s service while we have them, nor until all are consumed in his service shall say, it is
enough-come up higher. When the love (“
fat”) of our inmost being is laid upon the altar, it helps to
increase the fire of God’s acceptance. The more love there is connected with our consecration to God,
the more quickly will it consume our offering.” (
T 46)

This picture also seems to shows the gospel age in progress as one by one following our Lord’s
sacrifice, (the High Priest) we the “
body” (the under-priest) make our calling and election sure, and
pass beyond the veil.
















Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood which was on the altar,
and sprinkled it on Aaron, on his garments, on his sons, and on the garments of his sons with
him; and he consecrated Aaron, his garments, his sons, and the garments of his sons with
him
.” (Lev 8:30)

“The anointing oil mingled with the blood of consecration was sprinkled over them, teaching that our
consecration is accepted only because we are justified by the precious blood of our redeemer; thus we
are told that we are ‘
accepted in the beloved’ only. Eph 1:6 (T 46)

And Moses said to Aaron and his sons, boil the flesh at the door of the tabernacle of
meeting, and eat it there with the bread that is in the basket of consecration offerings, as I
commanded, saying, ‘Aaron and his sons shall eat it.’ What remains of the flesh and of the
bread you shall burn with fire. And you shall not go outside the door of the tabernacle of
meeting for seven days, until the days of your consecration are ended. For seven days he
shall consecrate you. As he has done this day, so the LORD has commanded to do, to make
atonement for you. Therefore you shall stay at the door of the tabernacle of meeting day and
night for seven days, and keep the charge of the LORD, so that you may not die; for so I
have been commanded
.” (Lev 8:31-35)























“The boiling of the flesh of consecration (
Verse 31) was no part of the sacrifice; it was merely the
preparing of the portion which was to be eaten. It was all to be disposed of (
Verse 32), showing that
we are to be completely and entirely consecrated, and none of our time and power should be wasted.
The seven days of consecration (
Verses 33, 35) showed again that we are consecrated to God’s
service, not for a part of our time only, but for all of it. Seven, in scripture, is a complete number, and
signifies all or the whole of whatever it applies to (‘
seven seals’, ‘seven trumpets’, ‘seven plagues,’
etc.)
Verse 36 shows the completion of the work of consecration.” (Helping Hand to Tabernacle
Shadows
”, Page 53 question 25 and page 55 question 26)

When the scriptures speak of Aaron and his sons at the entrance of the tabernacle, it should be
understood that Aaron and his sons were at the entrance
on the in-side of the tabernacle, in the
holy’.

The seven days well represent the completion of our consecration, until we have finished
our course in death. During all this time, we are to remain within that state or condition so
beautifully depicted in the ‘holy’ of the tabernacle of old, the secret place of the most high,
under the shadow of the Almighty
(Psa 9:1) as spirit begotten new creatures. We are not to
emerge for entry either into the antitypical court or camp
. Further, during all of this time we are
to fast from all such foods (figuratively speaking) as may be common and proper for all others to eat;
but must feast only upon the unleavened bread of truth, supplied in the basket of consecration by
God himself.” (
Our Wilderness Wanderings)

Thus we conclude the Consecration of the Priesthood.


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