And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest’s office: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish, And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil: of wheaten flour shalt thou make them.And thou shalt put them into one basket, and bring them in the basket, with the bullock and the two rams. Exodus 29:1-3
Today we are taking a look at the “consecration” of the High Priests. Now the word consecration means to be set apart, to be separated from anything unclean or unholy. This is actually another foreshadow of the New Covenant. As I explained in my previous post, as Christians we are “consecrated” or set apart by the blood of Christ and the Holy Spirit.
This was a process the High Priests had to perform to be able to stand in the presence of God. Nobody could stand before God unclean or unconsecrated. Its the same for us today, we cant stand before God as sinners, however Christ consecrates us and declares us righteous so we now can.
Notice the elements here , more shadows of the New Covenant. The unleaven bread which is symbolic of the body of Christ ,which we partake in at Communion. And of course the innocent blood will be shed by the sacrifices. Jesus Christ is our perfect sacrifice, the Lamb of God who paid the price for our sins.And the oil, which is symbolic of The Holy Spirit, that anoints us and sanctifies us to be more like Christ
And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water. And thou shalt take the garments, and put upon Aaron the coat, and the robe of the ephod, and the ephod, and the breastplate, and gird him with the curious girdle of the ephod: And thou shalt put the mitre upon his head, and put the holy crown upon the mitre. Exodus 29:4-6
Notice the next element they practiced, the High Priests were cleansed with water, this is a foreshadow of Baptism. The cleansing of our unpurity , the cleansing of our sins, the washing of water has been symbolic and literal since the beginning.
And as Christians, just as the High Priests, one day you will receive your crown, as a faithful disciple of Christ, we are all High Priests in the New Covenant.
Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him. Exodus 29:7
The anointing of oil over the head is a foreshadow of the New Covenant, the symbolism of oil is the Holy Spirit. This is the baptism of the Holy Spirit we receive when we become Born Again in Christ.
The ritual of consecrating the High Priest , is the same ritual we receive when we become Born Again in Jesus Christ Amen!