Exodus 29:1-46, Psalm 132:12-16, Hebrews 7:23-28
In his book The Pursuit of Holiness, Jerry Bridges likens holiness to farming. He writes:
A farmer plows his field, sows his seed, and fertilizes and cultivates—all the while knowing that in the final analysis he is utterly dependent on forces outside of himself. He knows he cannot cause the seed to germinate, nor can he produce the rain and sunshine for growing and harvesting the crop. For the successful harvest, he is dependent on these things from God.
In Scripture, priests are the curators of holiness, you might say, acting as intercessors between God and man in order to maintain the holiness of God’s broken people. Generally, the role of “priest,” whether in Catholic churches today or among Israelites of old, is to act as an intermediary between God and His followers. The priest makes sacrifices asking for the forgiveness of sins from God for His people.
In Exodus 29, Moses anoints Aaron and his sons as priests over God’s people by His direction. He tells Moses, “The priesthood is to be theirs by a permanent statute” (v. 9). And so Aaron and his sons were tasked with making sacrifices before God for the sins of the Israelites.
When Moses anoints Aaron and his sons as priests, they are meant to pass this priesthood on to their family for generations, and this does happen. However, the “Aaronic” priesthood is ultimately overruled by a greater priesthood—a priesthood that makes the Son of God the intermediary between God and man.
Jesus is the true and better Aaron. He intercedes on our behalf before God, His Father, even today. Hebrews 7:26-27 tells us, “For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He doesn’t need to offer sacrifices every day, as high priests do—first for their own sins, then for those of the people. He did this once for all time when he offered himself.”
We have been purchased by the blood of Jesus. How can this reality not affect the way we live? The blood of Jesus, who is the perfect sacrifice, makes us holy before God. Jesus is the perfect priest and the spotless sacrifice (1 Peter 1:19). This Easter season, be reminded that the Son of God is advocating for you because He loves you and died for you.
Written by Chris Martin