Rev. Nate Hill, pastor at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Winchester, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Exodus 29:35-46.
Even the priests needed atonement. They could not begin their holy service without it. For seven days, bulls were sacrificed as sin offerings for Aaron and his sons and the altar was purified and consecrated. Once that complete time was over, on the eighth day, Aaron and his sons began their regular service in the LORD’s tabernacle. That regular service involved two daily sacrifices, one in the morning and one in the evening. Each one included a lamb, grain, and wine. These daily offerings were the pleasing aroma of the LORD’s forgiveness for His people in the place where He met with them. He met with them on His terms, dwelling among them so that they would know Him as their God who rescued them from Egypt.
Our Savior Christ fulfills all of this. He has sacrificed Himself as the perfect Lamb of God who atones for the sins of the whole world. On the eighth day, the day of the new creation, He rose to never-ending life as our great and final High Priest. Our days, weeks, years, and lives are ordered around His salvation as He still comes to meet with us and dwell among us. Gathered in the fear, love, and trust of God, the Divine Service delivers to us the Lamb of God as we eat and drink His Body and Blood under bread and wine for our forgiveness.
“The Saga of Salvation” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that takes a step-by-step walk through the book of Exodus. This premier account of salvation in the Old Testament proclaims that the LORD is the one true God, the Creator and Redeemer, who alone is worthy of our worship and faith, all the while pointing us forward to the ultimate deliverance He gives through the exodus accomplished by Christ.
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35 “Thus you shall do to Aaron and to his sons, according to all that I have commanded you. Through seven days shall you ordain them, 36 and every day you shall offer a bull as a sin offering for atonement. Also you shall purify the altar, when you make atonement for it, and shall anoint it to consecrate it. 37 Seven days you shall make atonement for the altar and consecrate it, and the altar shall be most holy. Whatever touches the altar shall become holy.
38 “Now this is what you shall offer on the altar: two lambs a year old day by day regularly. 39 One lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight. 40 And with the first lamb a tenth measure[a] of fine flour mingled with a fourth of a hin[b] of beaten oil, and a fourth of a hin of wine for a drink offering. 41 The other lamb you shall offer at twilight, and shall offer with it a grain offering and its drink offering, as in the morning, for a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the Lord. 42 It shall be a regular burnt offering throughout your generations at the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will meet with you, to speak to you there. 43 There I will meet with the people of Israel, and it shall be sanctified by my glory. 44 I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar. Aaron also and his sons I will consecrate to serve me as priests. 45 I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God. 46 And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.
- Exodus 29:40 Possibly an ephah (about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters)
- Exodus 29:40 A hin was about 4 quarts or 3.5 liters
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