Lev 8:25 Then he took the fat and the fat tail and all the fat that was on the entrails and the long lobe of the liver and the two kidneys with their fat and the right thigh,
Lev 8:26 and out of the basket of unleavened bread that was in Yahveh’s sight he took one unleavened loaf and one loaf of bread with oil and one wafer and placed them on the pieces of fat and on the right thigh.
Lev 8:27 And he put all these in the hands of Aaron and in the hands of his sons and waved them as a wave offering in Yahveh’s sight.
Lev 8:28 Then Moses took them from their hands and burned them on the altar with the ascending offering. This was an ordination offering with a soothing aroma, a fire offering to Yahveh.
Lev 8:29 And Moses took the breast and waved it for a wave offering in Yahveh’s sight. It was Moses’ portion of the ram of ordination, as Yahveh commanded Moses.
contract signing meal
The ordination offering consisted of both a ram and unleavened bread. Portions of the ram and some of the unleavened bread were put into the hands of the priests being ordained. Moses either waved them before he gave them to the priests, or he waved other portions while they were holding the portions he gave them. Then, Moses took them back, and he burned the entire lot, except for the breast of the ram, which was to be eaten by him.
This elaborate ceremony was a kind of fellowship meal between Moses, the priests, and the LORD. It spoke of Moses’ relinquishing of some of his authority over the people of Israel, because now the priests would be taking up their particular intercessory roles. The meal together was like sitting down at a table in a business and signing mutual contracts which serve to clarify each partner’s responsibility.
LORD, show us how we are to minister in your name, and help us to agree with one another on our ministry roles.