SOAP Journal – 09 February 2017 (Leviticus 9:23)

Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting. When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people.

Leviticus 9:23

After Aaron’s ordination and after him completing his first set of sacrifices as a priest, Moses and Aaron enter the tabernacle. This is the first time it has been entered for worship since being completed. The result of these two men going into the presence of God is that the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people … when they came out.

The sequence of events is pretty straightforward. First, Moses offers sacrifices and Aaron is ordained a priest (Leviticus 8). Second, Aaron offers sacrifices of his own, effectively taking on the mantle of priesthood (Leviticus 9:1-22). Third, Moses and Aaron go into the tent of meeting and commune with God. Fourth, Moses and Aaron emerge from spending time with God and the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people.

The believer is saved in stages. First we are justified; made right with God through Jesus’ sacrifice. This parallels Moses making offerings for Aaron. Next, we are sanctified; set apart for God’s particular use. This parallels Aaron offering sacrifices on his own and beginning to take on the work of the high priest, just as the believer begins to take on the character of Christ and to do the things that He — our High Priest — does, like intercede for others. As the believer takes on a likeness to Christ — begins to be glorified — and spends time in God’s presence through study and prayer and fellowship with others who love God, the people; the world around us sees the the glory of the LORD.

There are caveats to this. God is not going to simply reveal His glory under whatever circumstances I think He ought. Aaron had to make the offerings  just as the LORD had commanded (v 10). And the glory of the LORD did not appear to the people until after Aaron had spent time with God. Obedience and communion — time spent in God’s presence — are necessary prerequisites to others seeing the glory of the LORD in my life.

Father, please teach me obedience and prompt me to spending more time with You that others might see Your glory.

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