Jesus In Exodus
Jesus in Exodus
“And you shall gird them with sashes, Aaron and his sons, and put the hats on them. The priesthood shall be theirs for a perpetual statute. So you shall consecrate Aaron and his sons.” Exodus 29:9
The priesthood in the Law of Moses is the cornerstone and apex for the spiritual worship and ministry in Israel. Aaron and his sons were consecrated to be the high priests, but when Israel failed to keep their end of the covenant, God promised that another would come (Psalm 110:4). When you study the work of the High Priest, especially in Leviticus 16, we can grow in our appreciation of the work that Jesus, our High Priest, does.
Though Jesus is not a priest by lineage, He is a priest by oath (Psalm 110:4), and because He is our High Priest there is a changing of the law (Hebrews 7:12). We no longer come to God under the terms agreed to in the Law of Moses, but we come to God through the terms found in Christ. He is the Minister that approaches the true Mercy Seat where God sits and offers the blood of the purest of all sacrifices, His own.
It is then to this Advocate that we commit our lives, and He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins. His Ministry is the only ministry that can save, and so it is imperative that we cloth ourselves with His righteousness and not ours. It is only in Christ that we have a path to God and only through the blood of Christ that we have a Covenant with the Father. The Old Covenant was broken, but the New Covenant is established on better promises and has a better Mediator, Jesus Christ.
Since Jesus is our High Priest, let’s follow Him and let’s be fellow priests. It begins by believing in Him which includes confessing Him (Romans 10:8, 9), repenting of sins (Acts 2:28), being baptized into the Christ (Galatians 3:27), and living faithfully until death (Revelation 2:10).