April 1, Reading 1 – Leviticus 8

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SAA Notes

Aaron and his sons were anointed with oil and blood. They were the first anointed (Messiahs) in the Bible. Their mediatorial work came first before David was anointed as King centuries later. So, too Christ’s mediatorial work came first before He comes again to reign! Do you see testimony to Jesus!

SJA Notes

“And he set the turban on his head, and on the turban, in front, he set the golden plate, the holy crown, …”

It is of interest to us in this passage that a priest would have a crown. It seems a strange thing, as mostly we think of kings having crowns.

A crown is a symbol of authority, of rule and right.

This here is a priestly crown.

Back in Exodus 29 we read,

“And you shall set the turban on his head and put the holy crown on the turban.”

Moses was following the command as God had laid down.

One important thought here is that in God’s order, in the structures He put into place for His people, it was the high priest who had a crown long before Israel ever had a (fallen human) king.

And once they did get a king who had a crown of authority, there was no removal of the crown for the high priest, no change of this law and command.

How good is it then to think about Jesus, who is both our Righteous King (see Jeremiah 23, 1 Timothy 6, Revelation 19) and our great High Priest (Psalm 110, Zechariah 6, Hebrews 4 and 5 and … all of Hebrews!).

He wears both crowns!

* Gracious God,

Thank You for Jesus, our king and high priest – Who has all authority and power, the final and complete fulfilment of both the kingly and priestly crowns.

Please help us to understand a little more of You and Your word today, that it might impact our lives.

Thank You that You continue to build Your church through us and all Your people through the earth.

Amen.

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