"And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry." 1 Timothy 1:12
Text: Exodus 29 : 1-3
THE NECESSITY OF DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS
God always gave very clear and detailed instructions to Moses concerning the Tabernacle ministry. From the threads to make the curtains of the Tabernacle, to the garments of the High Priest, clear and definite instructions were given. The reason was clear. Where it comes to the matter of worship, every detail must be understood and complied with. There must never be a haphazard approach to the issue of worship of a great and awesome God!
CALLED TO SERVE IN THE TABERNACLE MINISTRY
What a privilege to be called to serve as a priest in the Tabernacle ministry! But what awesome responsibility too! The priests knew that with high privilege, great responsibility must also be assumed!
HALLOWING OF THE PRIESTS
The matter of serving the Lord as priests was not a matter of volunteerism! It was a high vocation! God reserved the prerogative to extend the privilege to whomsoever He wishes. That privilege was extended to the Levitical family. From the tribe of Levi, the family of Aaron was chosen to be priests!
“And this is what you shall do to them to hallow them
for ministering to Me as priests:
Take one young bull and two rams without blemish,
And unleavened bread, unleavened cakes mixed with oil,
And unleavened wafers anointed with oil (you shall make them
Of wheat flour).
You shall put them in one basket and bring them in the basket,
With the bull and the two rams.”
1. “Hallow them for ministering to Me as priests”
All priests must be “hallowed” or “sanctified” before they are allowed to function as priests! They must, of course, be spiritually equipped before they are considered ready to serve as priests, holy servants of God!
2. “One young bull and two rams without blemish”
This offering would be a costly one! Three healthy animals would have to be slain in the process of consecrating the priests!
3. “Unleavened bread, unleavened cakes, unleavened wafers”
The key word is “unleavened.” The word “unleavened” is always used with the idea of “purity.” (The feast of the Unleavened Bread, celebrated immediately after the Passover Feast challenges all partakers to a life marked by holiness)!