Reflections on Leviticus 8 (part 2)

Over the last few months, I have been sharing some brief reflections on the book of Leviticus. This is a second reflection on the eighth chapter (specifically 8:14-36).

“And he killed it, and Moses took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot.”

Leviticus 8:23

Shortly after David had been anointed as the new king, the Philistines declared war on Israel. Their greatest warrior, Goliath the giant, challenged the Israelites to choose someone to fight him one-on-one. The soldiers of Israel were terrified and didn’t know what to do. But David, anointed with the Spirit of God, stepped up to the challenge. Although he was young, he knew that God was on his side and he killed Goliath, leading Israel to conquer over the Philistines.

Since the fall, it was impossible for anyone to be set apart as a great leader without the shedding of blood. Just as David was set apart by blood, so too had the priests been. Having been clothed and anointed with oil, animals were sacrificed and some of the blood was applied to them. This enabled them to intercede for the people of God in sacrifice, bringing peace to Israel.

In God’s timing, Jesus brought an end to this system. Instead of shedding the blood of another, he offered himself up as a sacrifice. The ultimate priest, he had a crown of thorns placed upon his head, and his hands and feet were pierced with nails. His self-offering is sufficient to bring peace and restoration not only to Israel, but to everyone. And now, risen from the dead and seated at the right hand of the Father, he intercedes for us, forever set apart by that one offering of himself.

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