God requires ‘ABSOLUTE’ OBEDIENCE from US as ‘HIS PRIESTS’: "Then Aaron lifted his hand toward the people, blessed them, and came down from offering the sin offering, the burnt offering, and peace offerings. And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of meeting, and came out and blessed the people. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people and fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces." (Lev 9:22-24)
Leviticus chapter 9 gives us an accurate description regarding the start of the priestly ministry of Aaron and his sons. After Aaron and his sons were consecrated for the priestly ministry by Moses (8:1-32), they were prohibited from leaving the door of the Tabernacle for seven days and nights (8:33-36). As an act of absolute obedience, "Aaron and his sons did all the things that the Lord had commanded by the hand of Moses." (8:36)
On the eighth day, Moses called Aaron, his sons and the elders of Israel, and gave specific instructions to offer a sin offering, a burnt offering and peace offerings as they would begin their priestly ministry (9:1-4). Then Moses said, "This is the thing which the Lord commanded you to do, and the glory of the Lord will appear to you" (9:6). As a response to God’s Word through Moses, Aaron and his sons obeyed completely and did everything that was required (9:7-21). At the end of this ceremony, “Aaron lifted his hand toward the people, blessed them, and came down from offering the sin offering, the burnt offering, and peace offerings.”
We can see something extraordinary that happened when Moses and Aaron completely obeyed God and satisfied His requirements (9:23-24):
- God’s glory appeared to ALL the people of Israel.
- A fire came out from God and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar, signifying God’s approval of the offering.
- When all the people of Israel saw these mighty acts of God, they shouted, fell on their faces and worshiped God.