Day 25

Instructions for Consecration

Exodus 29:1-46, Psalm 132:12-16, Hebrews 7:23-28

BY Andrea Lucado

Scripture Reading: Exodus 29:1-46, Psalm 132:12-16, Hebrews 7:23-28

I once spent a summer cleaning bathrooms at a Christian youth camp. A few other girls and I made up the cleaning crew and we followed the same routine every day with every bathroom. My adolescent self was amazed to discover that no matter how well we cleaned a bathroom one day, just as much cleaning was required the next. And though I would be leaving after a month, as long as there were campers around, the bathrooms would always need cleaning. It was a job with no end in sight.

In Exodus 29, Moses receives instructions for the daily role of the priests: “This is what you are to offer regularly on the altar every day: two year-old lambs. In the morning offer one lamb, and at twilight offer the other lamb” (vv. 38-39). This offering atoned for the people’s sin. The Hebrew word used to describe this type offering is tamid, which means perpetually or continually—“always.” This makes sense, considering there is always more sin to be atoned for, always more mess that must be cleaned up. This passage describes a job with no end in sight.

Performing the same task every day without a weekend or a day off creates the type of monotony that can lead to hopelessness. Even as you are faithful to the work, you wonder, Will it ever be enough? Will I ever get a break?

This is why I love the finality of the author of the book of Hebrews’s language when he says of Jesus, “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 when He offered Himself” (Hebrews 7:27). Christ did what every high priest before Him could not do: He took the place of the lamb. He played the role of both priest and sacrifice, and in offering Himself on the altar, He put a stop to the cycle. He ended the monotony. Jesus was enough, and only He was enough because only He was “holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens” (v. 26).

At the end of Exodus 29, God explains to Moses the reasoning behind the consecration ritual of the temple and the priests when He says, “I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. And they will know that I am Yahweh their God, who brought them out of the Land of Egypt, so that I might dwell among them” (vv. 45-46). God is always moving toward His people. Drawing near. Freeing the Israelites from captivity in Egypt. Freeing us from the captivity of our sin.

Life is full of daily, monotonous tasks, reasons to give up hope, jobs with no end in sight. But the gospel tells a contrary story, one in which the most hopeless part of us is made new and a future glory made possible, all because we know that Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ will come again.


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64 thoughts on "Instructions for Consecration"

  1. Kelly Marshall says:

    Love the comparison between the work of the Old Testament priests perpetually offering sacrifices and Jesus Christ in Hebrews 7~ offered once for all! What an amazing Saviour we have!!

  2. Heather says:

    I love the picture of God getting pleasure from the smell of cooking meat, fresh bread and perhaps wine. I imagine Him with a smile on His face as He breaths in that “pleasing aroma.” And then He does the good and sad work of forgiving the Israelites continual sin. I think God has that same smile when we repent and ask for forgiveness today because His Son is interceeding for us.

  3. Lisa McCoy says:

    This is a light bulb moment for me. I never quite understood what ‘Jesus is the lamb of God’ really meant. Now I get it. He was the sin offering, the lamb, that atoned for our sins. Wow!

  4. Brittany Brooks says:

    Thank you Lord for taking care of it all!

  5. Sabrina Michelle says:

    That indeed was a lot of work, make me think about all the simple complaining we do. Jesus has can and made all things new. By His blood we are reunited with our Father. Oh what a love!!

  6. Kristin L says:

    Thanks be to God!

  7. Kelly Alvey says:

    Wow, I’ve never thought of that!

  8. Caroline Odom says:

    My Bible pointed out the gruesome nature of an Old Testament priest’s work. Imagine all those gory sacrifices, day after day, often many times a day, in the heat of a desert. I like to imagine the situation as being clean and simple, but we know that wasn’t the case— it was messy! This is the job that Jesus does so willingly and so perfectly for us. Although he made the final sacrifice with his blood, day after day, often many times a day, He still works on our behalf to forgive us from the sins that we continue to make. What a God we have!

    1. Katie Hewes says:

      This is so true! And I’ve never really thought about it from that lens. Thanks for sharing!!

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