19 “You should take the other ram, and Aaron and his sons should lay their hands on the head of the ram, 20 and you should kill the ram and take part of its blood and put it on the tip of the right ear of Aaron and on the tips of the right ears of his sons, and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the great toes of their right feet, and throw the rest of the blood against the sides of the altar. 21 Then you should take part of the blood that is on the altar, and of the anointing oil, and dab it on Aaron and his garments, and on his sons and his sons’ garments with him. He and his garments should be holy, and his sons and his sons’ garments with him. 22 “You should also take the fat from the ram and the fat tail and the fat that covers the entrails, and the long lobe of the liver and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them, and the right thigh (for it is a ram of ordination), 23 and one loaf of bread and one cake of bread made with oil, and one wafer out of the basket of unleavened bread that is before the LORD. 24 You should put all these on the palms of Aaron and on the palms of his sons, and wave them for a wave offering before the LORD. 25 Then you should take them from their hands and burn them on the altar on top of the burnt offering, as a pleasing aroma before the LORD. It is a food offering to the LORD.
take them from their hands
The priests are preparing to serve the LORD. The various elements of this part of their ordination ritual spoke of their consecration for that service. Their consecration was symbolized by the preparation of a meal that they would offer to the LORD. Each element of the meal was a testimony of their complete dedication to the task the LORD had called them to.
- The blood of the ram symbolized the forgiveness they accepted as a gift of God’s grace, purchased for them, and then applied to them. The blood dabbed on the fingertips, toes and ears showed their complete acceptance of that grace and forgiveness.
- The oil symbolized the purity in which they were to minister, untainted by ugliness of the world around them. This purity as well was a result of grace.
- The ram was a symbol of a life that had to be taken in order for that atonement by grace to function.
- The bread was to be unleavened, showing again the purity required for ministry. Some of this bread was waved before the LORD, then consumed by the altar. This was a reminder that the priesthood exists for his sake, not just for the sake of those ministered to.
LORD, as we prepare ourselves to minister your grace, may we accept your means for our ministry, relying not on our own craftiness or skill, but on your Holy Spirit. May we be grounded in your grace, dedicating our entire lives to sharing the gospel with the lost.