God’s Story For Your Life


God’s Story For Your Life

Exodus 29:1-46

God instructs Moses how to dedicate Aaron and his sons as
priests.

Guided Rituals
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Read
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“This is how
you will ordain Aaron and his sons to their offices, just as I
have commanded
you. The ordination ceremony will go on for seven days. Each
day you must sacrifice a young bull as a sin offering to purify them, making
them right
with the LORD. Afterward, cleanse the altar by purifying it; make
it holy by
anointing it with oil. Purify the altar, and consecrate it every
day for
seven days. After that, the altar will be absolutely holy, and
whatever
touches it will become holy.

“These are the sacrifices you are to offer
regularly on the altar. Each day,
offer two lambs that are a year old, one in
the morning and the other in the
evening. With one of them, offer two quarts
of choice flour mixed with one
quart of pure oil of pressed olives; also,
offer one quart of wine as a liquid
offering. Offer the other lamb in the
evening, along with the same offerings
of flour and wine as in the morning.
It will be a pleasing aroma, a special
gift presented to the
LORD.

“These burnt offerings are to be made each day from generation to
generation.
Offer them in the LORD’s presence at the Tabernacle entrance;
there I will
meet with you and speak with you. I will meet the people of
Israel there, in
the place made holy by my glorious presence. Yes, I will
consecrate the
Tabernacle and the altar, and I will consecrate Aaron and his
sons to serve me
as priests. Then I will live among the people of Israel and
be their God, and
they will know that I am the LORD their God. I am the one
who brought them out
of the land of Egypt so that I could live among them. I
am the LORD their
God.” / (Exodus 29:35-46)

Reflect
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Why
did these sacrifices involve such detailed rituals? Partly, this
helped
Israel remember their identity as God’s people. A central form of
worship
maintained a consistent set of shared beliefs and prevented disunity
that
could arise from individuals creating their own worship practices. Also,
the
united practices differentiated the Hebrews from the pagan Canaanites
whom
they would meet in the Promised Land. By following God’s instructions,
the
Hebrews could not possibly join the Canaanites in their immoral
religious
practices.

These rituals also showed Israel that God was
serious about his relationship
with them by emphasizing his holiness. The
priests, the clothes, the
Tabernacle, and the sacrifice had to be clean and
consecrated, prepared to
meet God.

Today we can fall into taking God
for granted, rushing into worship, and
treating him with almost casual
disregard. But the Israelites were reminded
that we worship the almighty
Creator and Sustainer of the universe.

When you pray or worship, remember
Israel’s sacrifices and come before God
with reverence and
repentance.

Respond
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Spend some quiet moments reflecting on
God’s holiness. Then praise him and
thank him for who he is and what he means
to you.

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