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one offering make an end of sin, and bring iri everlasting righteousness, and'be hereby fitted, for his office of priesthood in the highest heavens} it-being founded on the-oblatidn of himself offered on earth. .«m' ';•' I' 'n "''i<!-n -. :'
,i< The sprinkling' of -bldbd!iatidi ott on Aaron and on his garments,-anil oh his sonsj and their garments,' way serVe to remind- us how Christ, m thei execution of every part;of his office, was unde'f'the unction of the Holy Ghost; and that Jesus loved his church and members, and^ washed them from^ their^sins in his own blood';:': '1'- -'.r'\'-i\ ''<::/';. t.H ••1; !-ji':.:;: n .-} ->.! The tipping Aaron's right ear, thumb, and toe, and his sons''also, with blood, might signify how thefvirtne of; Messiah's blood would tend to the everlasting purification and perfection of his whole churchy .both ifl bodyand souL '> 'ti:r'ui« 'The -filling Aaron's and his sons' hand* With parts of the Sacrifices, might be intended to denote; that the hands of, Christ are full of bles'sinfifs.'-."-,i,■-' ^';i; .*",'' H''v/i iinA \--n\i\ (•'..• '-'.'" Notwithstanding' flie-inajesty,'gloty, 'and honour which attended the". Aaronical consecration, yet he Was made priest without an oath. Our Jesus hath this pre-eminency ■above' and beyond him,;'far be a priesti and confirmed in office'by an bath. The Lord Jehovah/ the Father, said to Messiah, thePrince of Peace, " The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedeck.
May the Lord bless what I have here set before you, to the exalting of Christ in your understandings, hearts, and affections. Even so, O Lord Jesus Christ. Apnen.
On The Sacrifices As Memorials Of Christ's Oblation And The Burnt-offering ParTicularly Treated Of.
Leviticus i. 7, 8, 9.
"And the sons of Aaron, the priest, shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire. And the priests, Aaron's sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order, upon the wood that is upon the fire which is upon the altar. But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water. And the priest shall burn all on the altar, to he a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire of a sweet savour unto the Lord."
THE tabernacle being erected and consecrated by the Lord's dwelling between the cherubim in the holy of holies, in a cloud of glory, and resting on it in a pillar of cloud by day, and in a pillar of fire by night, it pleased him to deliver out sundry commands to his servant Moses, who was to make them known to the church and people of Israel.
As Jehovah Jesus appeared to Moses at Horeb in a flame of fire in a bramble bush, and spake out of it to him, and who went before him and the people of Israel in a pillar of cloud and of fire, and spake out of it to him when he gave forth his divine commands; so in the same cloud he descended on mount Horeb, and pronounced the moral law; and when the tabernacle was erected, he descended in the same cloud, and rested on or over the tabernacle, and dwelt in a resplendent part of it, in the holy of holies, between the cherubim, and out of it the Lord spake and delivered to Moses, by an audible voice, what is recorded in this and the following chapters.
The cherubims were the most sacred pieces of furniture in the tabernacle and temple. These sacred emblems were, without dispute, a sensible exhibition of divine glory, which Ezekiel saw in vision, and which he knew to be the cherubims. In, or between them, was the throne of God, the throne of grace, the symbolical representation of his dwelling with men. From thence he gave bis oracles and responses to those who consulted him.
No doubt, the cherubims set up at the east of the garden of Eden, were of the same kind with
those thai the prophet Ezekiel saw, and were designed to answer the same purpose with the model of them in the tabernacle and temple, which appears to have been so well known in Moses's time, that the workmen made them without any direction, except that they were to be beaten out of the same piece of gold whereof the propitiatory, or mercy-seat, was made.
How long the exhibition of the divine glory in the cherubims set up at the east of Eden was continued, one cannot say, but it is most probable the copies of them were made, and kept by the ancient believers, hence their figure and uses were so well known, that Moses only receives a command to make them.
As the tabernacle represented Christ's body, so the sacrifices were memorials of his bloodshedding and death.
Out of the tabernacle, from the mercy-seat between the cherubims, in the holy of holies, the Lord spake to Moses, concerning the ordinances of sacrifices and services, which it was his will and good pleasure that his church, under the old testament dispensation, should attend unto. This chapter informs us, that the Lord called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle, saying, "Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, if any man of you bring an offering unto the Lord, ye shall offer your offering of the cattle, even of the herd and