READ: Leviticus 8:1-13
Preparation of the Priests
The scene now changes to a new section in Leviticus. Everything has been working towards these next three chapters. In these chapters the priest hood is dedicated and their ministry begins. This is one of the few narratives in the entire book.
Take note of the use of oil in vs. 10-13. If you were to follow the use of oil throughout the Scriptures you would note that it is often used as a form of preparation – if nothing else it was at least a sing of preparation/dedication. In a practical sense oil was used as a sweet smelling odorizer. It would almost be like when we get out of the shower and spray deodorant – we are preparing ourselves for what is about to come.
The temple and high priest were being prepared for their service. They were about to be put into full time service – their most important mission and role in life – and so they were prepared and symbolically dedicated for that roll by the sprinkling of oil.
The apostle James talks about using oil to prepare in James 5:14. If anyone was sick they could call for the elders who would pray and anoint the person with oil. It was a symbol to say we are preparing this person to be well again because we have faith in God hearing our prayers.
Maybe, in our often reserved culture, we shy away from publicly giving testament of our dedication to God. Maybe we could do more public, symbolic oil sprinkling and dedication?!?!
As you read on over the next few days, keep in mind that these three chapters are all a series of events that occurred in close succession.