Leviticus 8

* The consecration of Aaron and his sons. (1-13) The offerings

of consecration. (14-36)

1-13 The consecration of Aaron and his sons had been delayed

until the tabernacle had been prepared, and the laws of the

sacrifices given. Aaron and his sons were washed with water, to

signify that they ought to purify themselves from all sinful

dispositions, and ever after to keep themselves pure. Christ

washes those from their sins in his own blood whom he makes

kings and priests to our God, #Re 1:5,6|; and those that draw

near to God must be washed in pure water, #Heb 10:22|. The

anointing of Aaron was to typify the anointing of Christ with

the Spirit, which was not given by measure to him. All believers

have received the anointing.
14-36 In these types we see our great High Priest, even Christ

Jesus, solemnly appointed, anointed, and invested with his

sacred office, by his own blood, and the influences of his Holy

Spirit. He sanctifies the ordinances of religion, to the benefit

of his people and the honour of God the Father; who for his sake

accepts our worship, though it is polluted with sin. We may also

rejoice, that he is a merciful and faithful High Priest, full of

compassion to the feeble-minded and tempest-tossed soul. All

true Christians are consecrated to be spiritual priests. We

should seriously ask ourselves, whether in our daily walk we

study to maintain this character? and abound in spiritual

sacrifices, acceptable to God through Christ? If so, still there

is no cause for boasting. Let us not despise our fellow-sinners;

but remembering what we have done, and how we are saved, let us

seek and pray for their salvation.
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