READ: Leviticus 9:1-24
On the Eighth Day
After spending seven days confined to the temple competing their consecration the priests officially begin their public ministry. They have been completely consecrated and separated for their roles and so there was one task left – to complete the process for the entire camp. So, offerings are brought on behalf of the priests and on behalf of all the people. This is the first occasion when Aaron and the priests make the offerings themselves, up till now Moses had been conducting the sacrifices for the priests.
One would have thought that with the offering made for the priests on day one (the same offerings made on day eight); and with the seven days of consecration, the priests would have been ready to serve God in the temple. Yet, there was still the need for more offerings! In fact, burnt offerings were to be offered every morning and every evening – there was no end to the need for these offerings.
“And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.” “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.” “…We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:11, 4, 10)
How great is it to live under the auspices of the New Covenant. Knowing that our very being has been purged on a once for all occasion. There is no longer a need to offer sacrifices for our sins because that was done sufficiently by the sufficient Lamb of God with a single sufficient sacrifices that could truly take away all our sins. The further beauty of Jesus sacrifice that makes it far greater than the regular offerings of the priests was that it cleansed every part of our being. It wasn’t just a forgiveness for our individual sinful acts – Jesus’ sacrifice cleansed the fact that we are sinful by nature.
Thank you God for your perfect Lamb offered ONCE as the perfect atonement for my life!