After their seven days of consecration in the tabernacle the priests were brought out on the Eighth Day. The Eighth Day always represents a new beginning and the newly consecrated high priest was presented to the people on the Eighth Day, beginning the Mosaic Aaronic priesthood.
The new priesthood then offered a Sin Offering because they were physical and although priests of God they were flesh and capable of sin. A Burnt Offering was then made to once again impress upon the Called Out priests that they were to be wholeheartedly zealous for learning, keeping and teaching the whole Word of God; just as Jesus Christ dedicated himself to teach and keep God the Father’s Word and Will and to live by every Word of God the Father (Mat 4:4).
Leviticus 9:1 And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel; 9:2 And he said unto Aaron, Take thee a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the LORD.
Aaron was to make Sin and Burnt Offerings on the Eighth Day when the priests were fully consecrated.
Following the offerings for the priests, a Sin and Burnt Offering were to be made for the entire congregation, followed by a peace offering for the entire congregation; to indicate that they had been reconciled to God.
This was another allegory that once the Sin and trespass Offering of the Lamb of God is applied to the sincerely repentant we are reconciled to and at peace with God the Father.
The work and priesthood of Aaron was an allegory of the work and priesthood of the High Priest of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ; who gave himself as our Sin Offering to reconcile us with God the Father.
The people were to bring a Peace Offering showing that: Through the application of the Sin Offering and the High Priest’s mediation, the people could enter into a state of peace with God.
This signifies that spiritually our sincere repentance to turn from sin to zealously live by every Word of God and the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God the spiritual High Priest of the New Covenant; reconciles us to God to become fully UNITED and of ONE mind and totally at Peace with God the Father and with the Son.
9:3 And unto the children of Israel thou shalt speak, saying, Take ye a kid of the goats for a sin offering; and a calf and a lamb, both of the first year, without blemish, for a burnt offering; 9:4 Also a bullock and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD; and a meat [unleavened bread] offering mingled with oil: for to day the LORD will appear unto you.
9:5 And they brought that which Moses commanded before the tabernacle of the congregation: and all the congregation drew near and stood before the LORD.
If we repent of sin and the Sin Offering of Jesus Christ is applied to us and we commit ourselves to go and sin no more by the power of the Holy Spirit [represented by the oil], and if we commit ourselves to learn and to live by every Word of God with dedicated zeal, which is represented by the Burnt Offering: then we are reconciled and at Peace with God the Father, as pictured by the Peace Offering.
The Holy Spirit of God will dwell in us and among all those who live by every Word of God with passionate love and dedicated zeal! Then we will be the spiritual children of God!
9:6 And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you.
Aaron being a fallible man had to make atonement for himself and for the people, but we have a perfect High Priest who was without sin and had no need to atone for himself, and therefore able to offer himself to atone for the sins of the sincerely repentant (Heb 7).
The Mosaic high priest was an allegory to teach us about the eternal High Priesthood of Jesus Christ [Melchizedek]; see the entire book of Hebrews.
9:7 And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself, and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make an atonement for them; as the LORD commanded.
Aaron then offered the Sin Offering for himself
9:8 Aaron therefore went unto the altar, and slew the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself.
9:9 And the sons of Aaron brought the blood unto him: and he dipped his finger in the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar, and poured out the blood at the bottom of the altar: 9:10 But the fat, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver of the sin offering, he burnt upon the altar; as the LORD commanded Moses.
9:11 And the flesh and the hide he burnt with fire without the camp.
This burning of the Sin Offering outside the camp, symbolized the total removal of all sin from the congregation of believers.
After the Sin Offering for himself Aaron then presented the Burnt Offering symbolizing a Christ-like dedicated zeal to wholeheartedly learn and keep the whole Word of God as Jesus Christ did.
After Aaron had killed the Burnt Offering his sons assisted him with the details of the Offering. Even so, we are called out to become priests of Melchizedek and to assist our High Priest Jesus Christ to teach and bring humanity into a proper relationship with God the Father.
9:12 And he slew the burnt offering; and Aaron’s sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled round about upon the altar.
9:13 And they presented the burnt offering unto him, with the pieces thereof, and the head: and he burnt them upon the altar. 9:14 And he did wash the inwards and the legs, and burnt them upon the burnt offering on the altar.
Aaron offered the Sin and Burnt Offerings for himself, because he was a high priest subject to sin; but a Sin Offering was not required to be offered for our sinless sacrifice and High Priest, Jesus Christ, because he had no sin.
The atoning offerings were then made by the physical high priest on behalf of the people called out of Egypt; picturing the Passover sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the repentant Called Out from the spiritual Egypt of bondage to Satan and sin.
9:15 And he brought the people’s offering, and took the goat, which was the sin offering for the people, and slew it, and offered it for sin, as the first.
After the sacrifice of Jesus Christ is applied to atone for the sins of the sincerely repentant, they are then to dedicate themselves to Christ-like wholehearted service to God the Father as pictured by the Burnt Offering.
9:16 And he brought the burnt offering, and offered it according to the manner.
The Unleavened Bread Offering pictures Jesus Christ as the Pure Sinless Bread of Life. The handful burned on the altar picturing Christ as the Bread of Life, consecrated and accepted by God the Father; and the remainder to be eaten, picturing the internalizing of the very nature of Christ by the repentant called out (John 6).
9:17 And he brought the meat offering, and took an handful thereof, and burnt it upon the altar, beside the burnt sacrifice of the morning.
Then with sin sincerely repented of and atoned for and the repentant being zealous to learn and to live by every Word of God which is to internalize the very nature of Jesus Christ and God the Father as revealed in the whole Word of God: We are reconciled to peace with God the Father and with the Son Jesus Christ!
The Peace Offerings are then made according to the commandments previously studied
9:18 He slew also the bullock and the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings, which was for the people: and Aaron’s sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled upon the altar round about, 9:19 And the fat of the bullock and of the ram, the rump, and that which covereth the inwards, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver: 9:20 And they put the fat upon the breasts, and he burnt the fat upon the altar: 9:21 And the breasts and the right shoulder Aaron waved for a wave offering before the LORD; as Moses commanded.
9:22 And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and blessed them, and came down from offering of the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and peace offerings.
When all these things were done according to the instructions of Messiah as delivered to Moses; the glory of the presence of God fell on the tabernacle in the sight of all the people, and the fire of God consumed the offerings. Thus demonstrating that God will be present through his Holy Spirit, in his spiritual Temple of the sincerely repentant Called Out of Sin!
At the Feast of Pentecost in 31 A.D. God officially moved from the physical Temple to dwell in a Temple of his faithful.
Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Repentance [represented by the obedience of bringing the offerings] and the application of atonement for sin; followed by a dedicated zeal to serve God and to learn and keep God’s Word and to “go and sin no more,” reconciles us to God the Father and brings the gift of forgiveness and the Holy Spirit which will lead us into godliness!
God is not divided against himself and God’s Spirit will NEVER lead anyone to go against or to compromise with the Word of God! That is how we discern the Spirit of God from every counterfeit spirit; by consistency with the Word of God!
Leviticus 9:23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people. 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.
This chapter concerns events on the Eighth Day after the seven days of the Consecration of the priests in Chapter 9. This concerns the sacrifices of the Eighth Day and the event of the sin of Nadab and Abihu in placing strange fire on the altar in defiance to the command of God.
The fire of God represents the Holy Spirit [see Acts 2) and the strange fire represented any false spirit. Therefore Nadab and Abihu were killed for our example; teaching us that being of any other spirit than the Spirit of God brings death. It is God alone who gives the fire of the Holy Spirit to the sincerely repentant, who have been covered by the Sin Offering of the Lamb of God.
God’s Holy Spirit will not coexist with the false spirit of sin and rebellion against the Word of God. What these two men did was contrary to the commandments of God. Even though well intentioned they did what they thought was right, instead of living by every Word of God and doing what God had commanded.
Anyone who teaches anything different from the Word of God or compromises with God’s Word in any way, is not being led by the Holy Spirit; no matter what they claim.
Today, many claim that God’s Spirit has led them to do this or to believe that when it is contrary to God’s Word; such people are deceived not understanding that God’s Spirit is in full unity with the Word of God.
Leviticus 10:1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. 10:2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
Moses pointed out to his brother Aaron that his two sons had rebelled against the Word of God and had brought this upon themselves, by NOT glorifying God through obedience to the Word of God.
It is for this very same reason, of deciding our own ways for ourselves and not being zealous to obey the whole Word of God, that today’s Ekklesia, their leaders and elders and the people who follow them in place of following God; are being rejected by Jesus Christ and cast into division, disarray and great tribulation in the hope that by afflicting the flesh the spirit might be saved.
Those who seek to learn and live by every Word of God in repentant zeal, will be sanctified [Set Apart to godliness] by God; while those who are not zealous to learn and keep the whole Word of God will be rejected by him; they will NOT be among the chosen.
10:3 Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.
The difference between priests and Levites
Aaron and his descendants were to be the priesthood, while all other descendants of Levi were called to be Levites. The function of the Levites was the same as the function of today’s Deacons; to support the priesthood, by performing the needed physical duties, and thereby allowing the priests/ministry to focus on spiritual things unhindered by physical chores. For more see these articles.
The Levites were tasked with removing the bodies of the two offenders so that the priests would not become unclean by a dead body. The two offenders were carried outside the camp, symbolizing that sinners against obeying the whole Word of God are to be rejected out of the assembly of believers who do live by every Word of God.
In today’s spiritual terms this refers to the rejection by Christ of all those who obey and follow men and organizations [or any other] and being zealous for a man or “church;” instead of being zealous to live by every Word of God.
A few years ago someone wrote to me saying “I love [a church] so much,” and that is the problem: People loving corporations or men more than they love the Word of God to learn and to live by it, instead they love and make idols of men and their organizations.
10:4 And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron [not of the Aaronic priesthood but still Levites], and said unto them, Come near, carry your [dead] brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp. 10:5 So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said.
Aaron is told NOT to mourn publicly for his sons, because they had died by the hand of God for their sin of rebellion and disobedience; and to publicly mourn for sinners was not consistent with the office of the priests. Yet the congregation could mourn for these men which pictures a mourning over the sin that brought their deaths.
Shaving the beard [most often the whole head] and rending clothes was a demonstration of being in mourning in those days.
10:6 And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover [shave] not your heads [for the two dead men], neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled [to kill the two men].
The priests [spiritually we are ALL called to be priests of the New Covenant High Priesthood of Jesus Christ] are not to turn to the right or left, and they are not to blemish their calling to the priesthood and anointing with the Holy Spirit, for ANY reason!
We, as people called out to become priests of the New Covenant priesthood of Jesus Christ [Melchizedek] are to be passionately zealous for our calling to learn and live by and teach every Word of God; at ALL times FOREVER!
Those who are zealous for their own ways and who are not zealous to live by every Word of God, and those who equate loyalty to some man or organization as loyalty to God: will be rejected by Jesus Christ and God the Father!
Once we have committed ourselves to godliness at baptism we are to continually grow towards complete total UNITY with God the Father, turning AWAY from what we think is right to do what GOD says is right!
10:7 And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses.
The priests were forbidden to drink alcohol when they were serving in their offices, lest the alcohol pervert their judgment.
The elders and brotherhood of today’s Called Out are not to be given to wine or alcohol, lest their judgment be perverted and they forget the differences between the holy and the profane, between the Word of God and the ways of men. There is far too much alcohol use and alcoholism in the Ekklesia today.
Many brethren and very many elders need to repent of excessive alcohol consumption. I challenge you to record every time you drink and how many hours you waste doing so, and compare that with how much time you spend studying and thinking on the Word of God. Let’s get back to the correct focus in our lives!
10:8 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying, 10:9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:
Intoxicants including but not limited to alcohol, often pervert sound judgment and lead us away from a good understanding of the whole Word of God.
10:10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; 10:11 And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.
Aaron and his remaining sons were to eat the unleavened bread of the offerings continually [not just during the Feast of Unleavened Bread] while in active service at the Tabernacle/Temple. This typifying the internalizing of the Bread of Life, the Logos, Jesus Christ in print; the whole Word of God.
10:12 And Moses spake unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons that were left, Take the meat [unleavened bread] offering that remaineth of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar: for it is most holy: 10:13 And ye shall eat it in the holy place, because it is thy due, and thy sons’ due, of the sacrifices of the LORD made by fire: for so I am commanded.
10:14 And the wave breast and heave shoulder shall ye eat in a clean place; thou, and thy sons, and thy daughters with thee: for they be thy due, and thy sons’ due, which are given out of the sacrifices of peace offerings of the children of Israel.
The priests were to eat a part of the sacrifices, symbolizing that they must also internalize the nature of God and the Lamb of God along with the offeror’s.
10:15 The heave shoulder and the wave breast shall they bring with the offerings made by fire of the fat, to wave it for a wave offering before the LORD; and it shall be thine, and thy sons’ with thee, by a statute for ever; as the LORD hath commanded.
The goat Sin Offering on behalf of the people was burned by Aaron instead of being eaten by the priests, for Aaron could not eat of it when his two sons had died.
10:16 And Moses diligently sought the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burnt: and he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron which were left alive, saying, 10:17 Wherefore have ye not eaten the sin offering in the holy place, seeing it is most holy, and God hath given it you to bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD? 10:18 Behold, the blood of it was not brought in within the holy place: ye should indeed have eaten it in the holy place, as I commanded.
Aaron explained that he held himself responsible for the sin of his sons and therefore he had not eaten the Sin Offering of the people, but had burnt the Sin Offering outside the camp as was to be done for the sin of a priest.
It is a true thing that the priests/ministry are responsible for teaching and correcting the sins of the people. The elders of today’s spiritual Ekklesia are held responsible by Almighty God for the sins of the brethren, because our elders have neither taught us to live by every Word of God, nor have they rebuked much of the sin in today’s assemblies.
James 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
Leviticus 10:19 And Aaron said unto Moses, Behold, this day have they offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the LORD; and such things have befallen me: and if I had eaten the sin offering to day, should it have been accepted in the sight of the LORD? 10:20 And when Moses heard that, he was content.