The event in my life that is most like Aaron’s and his sons’ ordination was my wedding day. Both included a uniform, church decorations, vows memorized, and candles. In front of God and many witnesses, I vowed: “l am committed to you. I will live with you, my bride, and love you for the rest of my life.”
In Aaron and his sons’ service they sacrificed the sin offerings to cleanse the priests and the people. Then the Lord gave the fellowship offering back to Aaron and his sons to provide food for them. But the service was to demonstrate, twice daily, the Lord’s promise to His people, “I brought you up from slavery so that I could live among you.”
In Matthew 26, Jesus is our Priest and sin offering. The disciples were not even sure who would betray Him. Who would do this high treason, this return to slavery, this unforgivable sin? Yet, Jesus knew and forgave! In agony Jesus prayed in the garden. Ah, we can relate to the disciples. He is our sacrifice and we were asleep - like dumb sheep. How could He still live among us?
Lord, how great is Your goodness. Yes, how great. Knowing you, Lord, blesses us abundantly. In both Aaron's ordination and the Cross, He communicates to us the greatest expression of what He vowed to us, His bride, “I will live with you and love you for all time.”