Lev 21:16 And Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Lev 21:17 “Speak to Aaron, and this is what you should say, none of your offspring throughout their generations who has a defect may approach to offer the bread of his God.
Lev 21:18 Because no one who has a defect will draw near, a man blind or lame, or one who has a mutilated face or a limb too long,
Lev 21:19 or a man who has an injured foot or an injured hand,
Lev 21:20 or a hunchback or a dwarf or a man with a defect in his sight or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles.
Lev 21:21 No man of the offspring of Aaron the priest who has a defect will come near to offer Yahveh’s fire offerings; since he has a defect, he will not come near to offer the bread of his God.
Lev 21:22 He may eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy and of the holy things,
Lev 21:23 but he will not go through the veil or approach the altar, because he has a defect, that he may not profane my sanctuaries, because I am Yahveh who sanctifies them.”
Lev 21:24 So Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the people of Israel.
participation and officiation
All the sons of Aaron could participate in the tabernacle offerings, but those with physical defects were forbidden to officiate — to go through the veil or approach the altar. The tabernacle was a sign of God’s holy presence and grace, so no appearance of imperfection was to be allowed. Everything had to be perfect in order to reflect the glorious image of God.
In the church today, there are high standards for leaders. An elder must be above reproach (1 Timothy 3:2). Like the tabernacle priests, leaders in the church are representing God’s work in the world, and must reflect his holiness in what they do. We are all responsible to live holy and just lives before God. But leaders must demonstrate the ability to do this before they are granted the priviledge to represent the church.
LORD, give us leaders who meet your standards.