Leviticus 9

Aaron Offers Sacrifices

Now it came about on the eighth day that Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel; and he said to Aaron, “Take for yourself a calf, a bull, for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, both without defect, and offer them before the Lord. Then to the sons of Israel you shall speak, saying, ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering, and a calf and a lamb, both one year old, without defect, for a burnt offering, and an ox and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the Lord, and a grain offering mixed with oil; for today the Lord will appear to you.’” So they took what Moses had commanded to the front of the tent of meeting, and the whole congregation came near and stood before the Lord. Moses said, “This is the thing which the Lord has commanded you to do, that the glory of the Lord may appear to you.” Moses then said to Aaron, “Come near to the altar and [a]offer your sin offering and your burnt offering, that you may make atonement for yourself and for the people; then make the offering [b]for the people, that you may make atonement for them, just as the Lord has commanded.”

So Aaron came near to the altar and slaughtered the calf of the sin offering which was for himself. Aaron’s sons presented the blood to him; and he dipped his finger in the blood and put some on the horns of the altar, and poured out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. 10 The fat and the kidneys and the [c]lobe of the liver of the sin offering, he then offered up in smoke on the altar just as the Lordhad commanded Moses. 11 The flesh and the skin, however, he burned with fire outside the camp.

12 Then he slaughtered the burnt offering; and Aaron’s sons handed the blood to him and he sprinkled it around on the altar. 13 They handed the burnt offering to him in [d]pieces, with the head, and he offered them up in smoke on the altar. 14 He also washed the entrails and the legs, and offered them up in smoke with the burnt offering on the altar.

15 Then he presented the people’s offering, and took the goat of the sin offering which was for the people, and slaughtered it and offered it for sin, like the first.16 He also presented the burnt offering, and [e]offered it according to the ordinance.17 Next he presented the grain offering, and filled his [f]hand with some of it and offered it up in smoke on the altar, besides the burnt offering of the morning.

18 Then he slaughtered the ox and the ram, the sacrifice of peace offerings which was for the people; and Aaron’s sons handed the blood to him and he sprinkled it around on the altar. 19 As for the portions of fat from the ox and from the ram, the fat tail, and the fat covering, and the kidneys and the [g]lobe of the liver, 20 they now placed the portions of fat on the breasts; and he offered [h]them up in smoke on the altar. 21 But the breasts and the right thigh Aaron [i]presented as a wave offering before the Lord, just as Moses had commanded.

22 Then Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he stepped down after making the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings. 23 Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting. When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. 24 Then fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the portions of fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

Imagine being on the front row of this gathering. There were several million Israelites here, the whole community was in attendance. What for? To see the glory of the Lord, because Moses had told them the Lord would appear to them that day.

This is the first in what was to become an annual event, where they made sacrifice to cleanse the entire community, and God made sure they remembered it. When it was all said and done, Moses and Aaron went into the Tabernacle, and when they came out, the glory of God appeared to them all. Now, it’s interesting to me, that anytime I see or hear a story of someone worshiping a god, and the god actually shows up, they freak out. They are afraid, or run away, or something like that. That’s the way the world likes to portray what it would be like to see God. But it isn’t what the Israelites did when God’s glory showed up, because that is the goal of our whole existence. To know God and to see Him face to face. The latter won’t happen so long as we live in flesh and blood bodies, but we can know him in part, through the life of his Son, Jesus. When He shows up, they shouted for joy and fell on their faces. Imagine what it will be like when we actually see Him face to face. Imagine…

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