Lev 9:15 Then he presented the people’s offering and took the goat of the mistake offering that was for the people and killed it and offered it as a mistake offering, like the first one.
Lev 9:16 And he presented the ascending offering and offered it according to the rule.
Lev 9:17 And he presented the tribute offering, took a handful of it, and burned it on the altar, besides the ascending offering of the morning.
Lev 9:18 Then he killed the ox and the ram, the sacrifice for healthy relationships for the people. And Aaron’s sons handed him the blood, and he threw it against the sides of the altar.
Lev 9:19 But the fat pieces of the ox and of the ram, the fat tail and that which covers the entrails and the kidneys and the long lobe of the liver–
Lev 9:20 they put the fat pieces on the breasts, and he burned the fat pieces on the altar,
Lev 9:21 but the breasts and the right thigh Aaron waved for a wave offering in Yahveh’s sight, as Moses commanded.
Having now been fully ordained by performing all the ceremonies and sacrifices for their instalment, Aaron and his sons can now present the people’s offerings. God intended to show his people that they could not come to him in their sinfulness, not even to get forgiveness. There had to be a mediation. But, God’s love for his people made a way for them to have that mediation. The priesthood was God’s idea. It was intended to reflect the ultimate mediation that would be provided in history by his only Son.
LORD, thank you for your love, providing a way for us to come into a relationship with you, in spite of our sin. Thank you for Jesus, our ultimate mediation.