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sented by him, and perfumed with the odour of his mediation.
May the Lord the Spirit bless these brief hints and observations unto you, and make Christ thereby increasingly glorious and precious to your souls. Grant this, holy Father, for the honour of thy co-equal Son, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be co-equal and co-eternal praise, now and ever. Amen.
ON THE CONSECRATION OF AARON AND HIS SONS, WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THEIR INVESTITURE INTO THEIR OFFICES; WHICH WAS A SACRED SHADOW AND FIGURE OF THE ANOINTING OUR JESUS TO THE OPEN EXECUTION OF HIS PRIESTLY OFFICE.
Exodus xxix. 35.
"And thus shalt thou do unto Aaron and his sons, according to all things which I have commanded thee; seven days shalt thou consecrate them."
AARON and his sons being divinely called and appointed by the Lord, the one to the office of high priest, the others to that of being priests, directions are given concernmg their consecration, and these orders are contained in this chapter before us. Both high priest and priests were to be inaugurated into their priesthood, by washing their bodies, arraying them with their priestly robes, auojnting them with blood and oil, which was sprinkled upon Aaron and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon their garments, and with the oblation of a sin-offering, burnt-offerings, and consecration-offerings, together with unleavened bread, cakes, and wafers, anointed with oil, all which were to be got ready against the day of their dedication to the service of the Lord.
My design in this discourse being to shew, that Aaron and his sons, in their consecration to the priests* office were figures and symbols of Christ, and shadowed forth our Lord Jesus in his anointing and consecration to the discharge of his priestly work and office, I shall aim to collect • all the particulars concerning the rites and ceremonies observed in the consecration of Aaron and his sons, and set them before you under some general heads. And to the intent that none of these particulars may be omitted, 1 will here observe, that when the tabernacle was finished, erected and sanctified, by the Lord's taking up his residence therein, by dwelling between the cherubim in a cloud of glory, which rested on the dwelling-place of the Most High, and was seen by all the Israelites, after the Lord had given out what is recorded in the first seven chapters of the book of Leviticus; then Moses received from Jehovah commandment to set immediately about the consecration of Aaron and his sons. The eighth chapter of Leviticus records their consecration, which was performed as prescribed in the chapter out of which I have read my text. The persons, garments, oils, and oblations are got ready; Aaron and his four sons are washed, and dressed in their sacred robes; the tabernacle, with its sacred furniture, are anointed with oil, and so is Aaron and his sons, who were to serve in it; a sin-offering, the flesh of which was burnt without the camp, and a burnt-offering are offered for them: a consecration ram, or peace-offering, being offered, the blood thereof, with sacred oil, is sprinkled on the tip of their right ears, thumbs, and toes, and on their garments. Part of the sacrificial flesh is given to the offerers to feast upon: Moses' was the priest on this occasion, and therefore hath at this time the priest's portion. These ceremonies and oblations were repeated seven days successively. The whole congregation of Israel were gathered together, to be spectators and witnesses thereof.
These particulars I shall aim to interweave in the whole of my present sermon; and will set before you what I have to say on this subject, under the following particular heads or sections.
First, I will begin with the command given concerning the consecration of Aaron and his sons.
Secondly, I will relate what was particularly enjoined, and more especially what respected the high priest.
Thirdly, the time in which these services were performed and renewed, and these persons consummated for the discharge of their offices. And in going through these particulars, I will shew how Christ was represented by these services and persons. .. ,
I will first begin with the command given, concerning the consecration of Aaron and -his sons.
The Lord's command, concerning these persons, and their consecration, is expressed in the beginning of this chapter. Moses was at this time in the mount with God, and Jehovah said unto him, "And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them, to hallow them to minister unto me in the priest's office. Take one young bullock, and two rams, without blemish. And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened, tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil; of wheaten flour shalt thou make them, and thou shalt bring them in the basket with the bullock and the two rams." It would reflect divine light and glory to consider all that is commanded concerning the call and separation of Aaron and his sons to the office and work of priesthood, with the command concerning the rites, ceremonies, sacrifices, anointings,