Monday, February 8, 2010

Set Apart

In the story we are following, Moses has established leaders and heirarchy. Now they act as judges between the people.

Today God calls for leaders in worship and connection to God.

Exodus 28

“Call for your brother, Aaron, and his sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. Set them apart from the rest of the people of Israel so they may minister to me and be my priests."

So God is creating something new here. A new order. In Genesis, the only time the word priest was used was for pagan priests.

In Exodus 19:6 we read, "And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.”

In Genesis God spoke to Abraham. God spoke to Isaac. God spoke to Jacob, and Joseph. Is there now a layer between God and his people? I don't think that is the purpose at all. But there are now 3 million of God's chosen people. He is ready to implement a more organized way to know him and acknowledge him.

Their clothes are to be dazzling in beauty.

2 "Make sacred garments for Aaron that are glorious and beautiful. 3 Instruct all the skilled craftsmen whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom. Have them make garments for Aaron that will distinguish him as a priest set apart for my service. 4 These are the garments they are to make: a chestpiece, an ephod, a robe, a patterned tunic, a turban, and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for your brother, Aaron, and his sons to wear when they serve me as priests. 5 So give them fine linen cloth, gold thread, and blue, purple, and scarlet thread."

They are to be consecrated and ordained.

Exodus 29

“This is the ceremony you must follow when you consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests: Take a young bull and two rams with no defects. 2 Then, using choice wheat flour and no yeast, make loaves of bread, thin cakes mixed with olive oil, and wafers spread with oil. 3 Place them all in a single basket, and present them at the entrance of the Tabernacle, along with the young bull and the two rams.

4 “Present Aaron and his sons at the entrance of the Tabernacle,[g] and wash them with water. 5 Dress Aaron in his priestly garments—the tunic, the robe worn with the ephod, the ephod itself, and the chestpiece. Then wrap the decorative sash of the ephod around him. 6 Place the turban on his head, and fasten the sacred medallion to the turban. 7 Then anoint him by pouring the anointing oil over his head. 8 Next present his sons, and dress them in their tunics. 9 Wrap the sashes around the waists of Aaron and his sons, and put their special head coverings on them. Then the right to the priesthood will be theirs by law forever. In this way, you will ordain Aaron and his sons."

So is this the beginning of organized religion? No- there had been organized pagan religions already.

And although there are high standards for those who would lead people to God, we are all to be set apart, to be ministers, to be priests, if we know, and love, and follow God.

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