Old Testament: Lev 21.16–24
To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 20–21 on February 15, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022
By Don Ruhl
The high priest, Aaron and his sons, prefigured the perfect priest who would enter the true temple in heaven. Since Jesus, that perfect high priest, would enter into the heavenly temple, and since he was sinless, the sons of Aaron had to symbolize the future final priest.
Therefore, the Lord required that they have perfect bodies as they entered the Holy of Holies and met with the Lord over the ark of the covenant, which was the mercy seat:
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron, saying: No man of your descendants in succeeding generations, who has any defect, may approach to offer the bread of his God…No man of the descendants of Aaron the priest, who has a defect, shall come near to offer the offerings made by fire to the LORD. He has a defect; he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God. He may eat the bread of his God, both the most holy and the holy; only he shall not go near the veil or approach the altar, because he has a defect, lest he profane My sanctuaries; for I the LORD sanctify them.” 24 And Moses told it to Aaron and his sons, and to all the children of Israel.
– Leviticus 21.16–24
The bodily defects included blindness, lameness, marred faces, limbs that were too long, broken feet or hands, hunchback, a dwarf, eye problems, skin problems, or a eunuch.
It was not that God did not accept people with defects, but just that the high priest prefigured the one who would be perfect in spirit, not having sin, spot, or blemish on his soul.
Celebrate our high priest because he has made the way into heaven possible by having lived a sinless life.
- The priest could not offer bread to God, but what could the priest do?
- At what age did you start sinning?
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