The bull for consecrating the high priests

Leviticus Bible Background

Old Testament: Lev 8.14–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 7–9 on February 9, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

The Lord set aside Moses to consecrate the priesthood, to get it going that the children of Israel might have full access to the things that the Lord wanted them to do. Part of that process included killing a bull, which Moses, a man in his 80s, did:

And he brought the bull for the sin offering. Then Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the bull for the sin offering, and Moses killed it. Then he took the blood, and put some on the horns of the altar all around with his finger, and purified the altar. And he poured the blood at the base of the altar, and consecrated it, to make atonement for it. Then he took all the fat that was on the entrails, the fatty lobe attached to the liver, and the two kidneys with their fat, and Moses burned them on the altar. But the bull, its hide, its flesh, and its offal, he burned with fire outside the camp, as the LORD had commanded Moses.

– Leviticus 8.14–17

Remember that Moses initially resisted going to deliver Israel out of Egypt, but the Lord persuaded him and now look at him. Life goes better when we do what the Lord wants us to do.

Questions:

  • Who laid their hands on the head of the bull?
  • What did Moses do with the blood?

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