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The Order of Melchisedek - 5 The Order of Melchisedek
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.