"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us." 2 Corinthians 4:7
Text: Exodus 29 : 19-21
NO ORDINARY OCCASION
It was not usual to offer three animal sacrifices at the same time. But this was no ordinary occasion, for priests were being consecrated to the Lord for service in the Tabernacle.
THE THIRD SACRIFICE
The third sacrifice also had its own special significance. The following description would bear this out.
“You shall also take the other ram, and Aaron and his sons
shall put their hands on the head of the ram. 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.
And you shall take some of the blood that is on the altar,
and some of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it on Aaron
and on his garments, on his sons and on the garments of his sons
with him; and he and his garments shall be hallowed,
and his sons and his sons’ garments with him.”
The second ram was also given another illustrative descriptive phrase. It was also called “the ram of consecration” (Exodus 29:22; Leviticus 8:22).
1. “The right ear”
The right ear of the priests was to be daubed with the blood of the consecration lamb. This symbolizes the consecration of the priests to hear and comply with the instruction that God would give to them.
2. “The thumb of their right hand”
The thumb represents the hands of the priests. Their hands must be consecrated to do the Lord’s work.
3. “The big toe of their right foot”
This symbolizes the feet of the priests. Their feet must be dedicated to walking in God’s ways!
4. “Blood… and anointing oil”
These were to be sprinkled on the priests and also on the garments. In this symbolic act, the priests were both cleansed and consecrated to serve the Lord in the Tabernacle!