"I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality." 1 Timothy 5:21
Text: Exodus 29 : 4-7
THE CONSECRATION OF THE HIGH PRIEST
The first order was to consecrate Aaron as the high priest, followed by the hallowing of the other priests!
“And Aaron and his sons you shall bring to the door
of the tabernacle of meeting, and you shall wash them with water.
Then you shall take the garments, put the tunic on Aaron,
and the robe of the ephod, the ephod, and the breastplate,
and gird him with the intricately woven band of the ephod.
You shall put the turban on his head, and put the holy crown
on the turban. And you shall take the anointing oil,
pour it on his head, and anoint him.”
1. “You shall wash them with water”
This was a ritual bath symbolizing the cleansing of the high priest! The personal righteousness of the high priest is not sufficient to render him pure enough to serve a Holy God! He must be symbolically washed and cleansed.
2. Full Regalia put on Aaron
Aaron must put on every piece of clothing that God had given him to wear! He must comprehend the significance of each piece of garment that Moses helped him to put on!
3. “You shall take the anointing oil… and anoint him”
The anointing of Aaron symbolized a number of things:-
a) The Act of Anointing
The anointing was an external act of dedicating Aaron to his office as high priest! This was an important thing that must be performed by another person. (In this instance, Moses was the one whom the Lord had called upon to anoint Aaron). The Book of Hebrews has an insightful comment on the subject of anointing a priest.
“And no man takes this honour to himself,
but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.”
To be anointed was high honour indeed! Aaron received the highest honour when he was anointed by Moses to be the first high priest of Israel!