Leviticus Chapter 8

The Lord gave the Children of Israel the commandments and statutes to follow as His covenant people. They were told how to build the tabernacle, so that they could make offerings and sacrifices. Moses was given strict instructions as to how each offering and sacrifice were to be given and received there. The Lord promised the Israelites, that with proper priesthood service, He would be in their midst. Moses was told how Aaron and his sons were to be ordained and anointed to the priesthood, in order to serve the Lord. The book of Leviticus continues as follows:

1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing oil, and a bullock for the sin offering, and two rams, and a basket of unleavened bread;
3 And gather thou all the congregation together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
4 And Moses did as the Lord commanded him; and the assembly was gathered together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
5 And Moses said unto the congregation, This is the thing which the Lord commanded to be done.
6 And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water.
7 And he put upon him the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and he girded him with the curious girdle of the ephod, and bound it unto him therewith.
8 And he put the breastplate upon him: also he put in the breastplate the Urim and the Thummim.
9 And he put the mitre upon his head; also upon the mitre, even upon his forefront, did he put the golden plate, the holy crown; as the Lord commanded Moses.
10 And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them.
11 And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all his vessels, both the laver and his foot, to sanctify them.
12 And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.
13 And Moses brought Aaron’s sons, and put coats upon them, and girded them with girdles, and put bonnets upon them; as the Lord commanded Moses.
14 And he brought the bullock for the sin offering: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the bullock for the sin offering.
15 And he slew it; and Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about with his finger, and purified the altar, and poured the blood at the bottom of the altar, and sanctified it, to make reconciliation upon it.
16 And he took all the fat that was upon the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and their fat, and Moses burned it upon the altar.
17 But the bullock, and his hide, his flesh, and his dung, he burnt with fire without the camp; as the Lord commanded Moses.

The Israelite congregation, the covenant people, were gathered under the direction of Moses, who had been commanded by the Lord to bring them to the tabernacle. There they were to witness the setting apart and consecration of the priests of Israel. Moses brought Aaron, the sons of Aaron, the holy garments made for priesthood temple service, the oil made solely for anointing, the sin offering of a young bull, two rams and a basket of unleavened bread. Aaron and his sons were washed, clothed, and anointed. The footnote for the word robe in verse 7, references 2 Nephi 9:14, “Wherefore, we shall have a perfect knowledge of all our guilt, and our uncleanness, and our nakedness; and the righteous shall have a perfect knowledge of their enjoyment, and their righteousness, being clothed with purity, yea, even with the robe of righteousness.” The robes of the tabernacle, just as the robes of the temple today, are robes of righteousness. The temple clothing sets individuals apart for the work of the Lord.

The Urim and Thummim are a specific tool used by seers to do the work of God, such as translation. I had not thought of this before, but Aaron was given the tools to be a seer for the Lord. He was responsible for the judgment of Israel and because of this, this tool of revelation was necessary.

Moses also anointed the tabernacle as he had been directed by the Lord. The sons of Aaron were washed and clothed as well. A sin offering was made with the bull, which was offered by Aaron and his sons. This was done in front of the congregation of Israel. I think this priesthood ordination was performed publicly, so that the Israelites would know they had done as the Lord commanded. And because the priests of Aaron were to make atonement for all the people of Israel. These holy men would sanctify the people. Doctrine and Covenant 84:23 reads, “Now this Moses plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently to sanctify his people that they might behold the face of God;”. They needed to be sanctified in order to see the face of God someday.

18 And he brought the ram for the burnt offering: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the ram.
19 And he killed it; and Moses sprinkled the blood upon the altar round about.
20 And he cut the ram into pieces; and Moses burnt the head, and the pieces, and the fat.
21 And he washed the inwards and the legs in water; and Moses burnt the whole ram upon the altar: it was a burnt sacrifice for a sweet savour, and an offering made by fire unto the Lord; as the Lord commanded Moses.

Then one of the rams was offered as a burnt offering. It was offered by Aaron and his sons, and then sacrificed as commanded by the Lord.

22 And he brought the other ram, the ram of consecration: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the ram.
23 And he slew it; and Moses took of the blood of it, and put it upon the tip of Aaron’s right ear, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot.
24 And he brought Aaron’s sons, and Moses put of the blood upon the tip of their right ear, and upon the thumbs of their right hands, and upon the great toes of their right feet: and Moses sprinkled the blood upon the altar round about.
25 And he took the fat, and the rump, and all the fat that was upon the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and their fat, and the right shoulder:
26 And out of the basket of unleavened bread, that was before the Lord, he took one unleavened cake, and a cake of oiled bread, and one wafer, and put them on the fat, and upon the right shoulder:
27 And he put all upon Aaron’s hands, and upon his sons’ hands, and waved them for a wave offering before the Lord.
28 And Moses took them from off their hands, and burnt them on the altar upon the burnt offering: they were consecrations for a sweet savour: it is an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
29 And Moses took the breast, and waved it for a wave offering before the Lord: for of the ram of consecration it was Moses’ part; as the Lord commanded Moses.
30 And Moses took of the anointing oil, and of the blood which was upon the altar, and sprinkled it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon his sons’ garments with him; and sanctified Aaron, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him.

The second ram was offered for the consecration of the priests. Aaron and his sons made the offering by the laying on of hands and then it was sacrificed as the Lord had instructed. The blood of this ram, was used to consecrate Aaron, his sons and the altar of the tabernacle. The parts of the ram were used as a wave offering, as well as a cake of unleavened bread, a cake of oiled bread, and one wafer. This offering was made by Aaron and his sons and then burnt on the altar by Moses as he had been directed. Then part of the ram was used as a wave offering by Moses. Then Aaron and his sons were sanctified by the anointing oil and blood.

31 And Moses said unto Aaron and to his sons, Boil the flesh at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and there eat it with the bread that is in the basket of consecrations, as I commanded, saying, Aaron and his sons shall eat it.
32 And that which remaineth of the flesh and of the bread shall ye burn with fire.
33 And ye shall not go out of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation in seven days, until the days of your consecration be at an end: for seven days shall he consecrate you.
34 As he hath done this day, so the Lord hath commanded to do, to make an atonement for you.
35 Therefore shall ye abide at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation day and night seven days, and keep the charge of the Lord, that ye die not: for so I am commanded.
36 So Aaron and his sons did all things which the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses.

Aaron and his sons were commanded to boil the rest and then eat the meal of the offering. They were commanded to burn anything remaining, and to stay at the door of the tabernacle for the seven days of consecration. Then they would be sanctified and consecrated for service in the tabernacle. The priests did as they were commanded.

It is such a blessing to have the priesthood on the earth today. It is clear that the duties of the priesthood and the house of the Lord, are very important to the Lord, because of how often we hear of them in the scriptures. I cannot imagine that God would feel any less about them today. Although the law of Moses, has been fulfilled in Jesus Christ, we still have our own laws of offerings and sacrifices. We should be working each day to keep ourselves clean from the stains of the world, so that we can be worthy of the power of the priesthood. Our worthiness will allow us the opportunities to serve in the holy temples, which is a duty of the priesthood. All those who wish to experience the fullness of the blessings of the priesthood, should do all that they can to worthily serve in the temple.

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