EXODUS 29. CONSECRATION of the PRIESTHOOD est. 2022
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I think it was because I began spending so much time alone during 2022 that I was drawn to Exodus 29, The consecration of the priesthood. I, being 29 years old at the same time I began studying; thought this was speaking loud and clear about my life. Age 30 across cultures signifies leaving childhood years in a sense and stepping into the age where we will begin to establish those things we were created to do- and the belief all stems from the Hebrew understanding of the letter “Lamed”. From King David’s perspective in psalm 119, I learned that it meant coming to the knowledge that all things serve our God, and his purposes in essence we all serve him.
The Levitical priesthood was a rite of passage. They were chosen from the beginning to serve Yah and were the role models for the house of Israel. All the other tribes had to go to them to make sure sins were correctly atoned for. You could call them the original influencers.
But these things were only a precursor- a shadow of what Yahuah really had in mind for all creation
WE ARE LIKE LIVING STONES BEING BUILT INTO A SPIRITUAL HOUSE. TO BE A HOLY PRIESTHOOD OFFERING SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES ACCEPTABLE TO YAHUAH THROUGH YAHUSHA HA’MASHIACH (JESUS THE CHRIST)
Yahusha himself told us that it is not what we are able to bring to God that will make us acceptable, but it is he who makes us holy (set apart) and acceptable for him to receive us and use us.
Matt 23:16-20“You say, 'If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’ You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?”
The revelation that we are the temple of the Most High and his spirit dwells within us began to make more sense. The reason why Yahusha was speaking so boldly against the teachers of the law was rooted in the very nature of what Yah hates: Pride, arrogance, and unwillingness to yield. The law without the holy spirit only highlights your sin and inability to redeem yourself, and then who will save you? I had to think about who I was before I came to this point. All the choices I had made in prior years were without acknowledgment that there was a creator I would have to answer to one day. Still, all these things served him, for his own sake so that he could make himself known and for my sake so that I would not have to be destroyed and understand that I am loved beyond my wildest thoughts.
“For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!”
The rituals of the priesthood were to give us a look at what was being conceived in the spirit.
Daily animal sacrifices with the blood of bulls, goats, and lambs that showed no sign of defect, the sprinkling of the blood to consecrate, and the placing of the blood on the right earlobe, thumbs, and big toe were all to signal what would ultimately be done for us through the only begotten, Yahusha.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
Sacrificing two young bulls in the morning and at twilight became and is worshiping Yahuah and giving praise to his name from the moment we rise to when we lay down to sleep again.
Destroying the temple so that can raise it up translates to us as crucifying our flesh daily, denying ourselves, fasting, and praying so that he may raise us up at the appointed time.
And the wave offering of the unleavened bread became and is our mouths declaring the pure word of Yah and our words rising in the air before him, becoming our banner.
Because we accept Yahusha as the final sacrifice because Yah provided the lamb and he said that he alone would deliver Israel, so he became the guilt offering for us. Taking upon himself our transgressions. By the sprinkling of his blood that is still alive we can hear with our (spiritual) ears, we can do (showing Yah through spiritual sacrifices that we love him) through our actions and what we put our hands to, and we can walk (though we have not gone this way before he will show us the way to take) Joshua 3:4.
Yahusha said, “You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:4
So, the priesthood has always been a mirror of our discipleship. The called-out ones, the set-apart people. The original influencers.
I look forward to my 30th birthday. I pray I’m able to serve and lead in love.