17 May, 2021
April 17, 2021
In the fifth chapter of Hebrews, Paul tells us that no man took this office to himself but those who like Aaron were called by God. So, the first point about this priesthood is that God calls. For the divine call to be effective, there must be a hearing and obeying ear on the part of Aaron and those who are called as he was. God invites us to enter His service. We sing the hymn, “Jesus calls us o’er the tumult of this life’s wild restless sea.” Jesus calls us all! When He had called Aaron, He told Moses, “Bring Aaron to the door of the tabernacle.” How old was Moses when he was thus instructed? Eighty! His brother was two years older. We see those two brothers, walking step by step toward the east gate of the tabernacle. They left the veil and entered the court., making their way to the laver. The Mishnah tells us that the Levites had built a little enclosure to make the next part of the ceremony private. This ceremony is described in the eighth chapter of Leviticus. Having brought Aaron into this small pavilion by the laver, the Lord told Moses to take off his clothes and bathe him. Now, Aaron must have washed himself many times, but this washing he could not do for himself. It is a cleansing that only God can perform for mankind.
2 May, 2021
March 13, 2021
Have you ever thought about the excitement that Moses had when God instructed him to build the sanctuary as a dwelling place for God? What is interesting is that even though he knew who the most skillful individuals were for carrying out the many building tasks that could be carried out by his suggestions, he dare not deviate one tittle in the plans that God had shown him. Every detail was given to Moses including items like a bell, a pomegranate, a tassel, a fringe, a curtain, or any of the vessels of the sanctuary. We are told that God called him to the mount and covered him with His glory, “that he might see the pattern, and according to it all things were made.” When the law was given on Mt. Sinai, God revealed to Israel the pattern by which they themselves were to copy in their own personal temples that the Holy Spirit could dwell in them. Israel chose their own way and did not follow the pattern given by God. When Jesus came, He became the true temple of the Holy Spirit in every detail of His earthly life according to God’s plan. Jesus was the true pattern. Jesus said, “I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart.” Psalm 40:8. Today, Jesus is our pattern to follow that the Holy Spirit may dwell in our temples. However, we choose to live, whatever comes our way, we are to copy the pattern that has been set before us, Jesus. “Whatever our position, we are dependent upon God, who holds all destinies in His hands. He has appointed us our work and has endowed us with faculties and means for that work. So long as we surrender the will to God, and trust in His strength and wisdom, we shall be guided in safe paths, to fulfill our appointed part in His great plan…” The Desire of Ages, 208, 209.