Lev 8:14 Then he brought the bull of the mistake offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the bull of the mistake offering.
Lev 8:15 And he killed it, and Moses took the blood, and with his finger put it on the horns of the altar around it and purified the altar and poured out the blood at the base of the altar and consecrated it to provide reconciliation upon it.
Lev 8:16 And he took all the fat that was on the entrails and the long lobe of the liver and the two kidneys with their fat, and Moses burned them on the altar.
Lev 8:17 But the bull and its skin and its flesh and its dung he burned up with fire outside the camp, as Yahveh commanded Moses.
forgiveness before service
Aaron and the tabernacle had been anointed, and all of the priests were clothed in their special priest uniforms. But there had to be a mistake offering at this point, before any of them could begin their service of worship and intercession. No one stopped to ask whether or not he had made a particular mistake and needed forgiving at that moment. No, God had made it clear that forgiveness was necessary, and in their hearts each of them knew it.
The Bible teaches that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We can believe that, or we can deceive ourselves into thinking that surely some people must be innocent. No, all our purity is filth compared to God’s holiness. So, before we dare to serve, we must seek forgiveness.
LORD, forgive us of our sins, and prepare us to serve you and others in your name.