“Next, Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood that was on the altar,
and he sprinkled them on Aaron and his clothing and on his sons and their clothing.
In this way, he made Aaron and his sons and their clothing holy.”
Late winter is the time when the entertainment industry hosts its lavish awards programs, including the prestigious “Oscar” awards. Many, especially women, like to watch the pre-show “walk down the red carpet” to admire the ladies’ gowns and jewelry. It is nothing for those gowns to cost tens-of-thousands of dollars and for the jewelry to run into the millions. As a man whose taste runs to jeans and pullovers, it is hard for me to imagine spending that kind of money for clothing, but I guess it’s “good advertising” for the designers whose work is worn for display on the red carpet.
Long before the “red carpet,” Bazelel and Oholiab had put together the most costly garments of all time. Years ago I read an article where the writer estimated that in today’s dollars, the robes and adornment of Aaron and his sons would be costly beyond compare.
Now, with the “red carpet” and those expensive priestly robes in mind, picture this:
My February 15 “thought” was about a mythical invitation to an exclusive affair at Buckingham Palace or the White House. For this once in a lifetime experience, you and your spouse splurge with a $10,000 gown for her and a $3,000 suit for him. Now, just before your limousine arrives to take you to the event, you take two vials – one with olive oil and one with fresh blood – and sprinkle some of each on your expensive clothes. Now you’re ready to go!
That doesn’t make sense, does it. Why would you invest thousands of dollars into very expensive clothing only to sprinkle it with blood and oil before it had ever been worn? The answer is very simple: “Man’s best is nothing until it has been covered by the blood.”
The blood Moses sprinkled on Aaron’s robes was taken from the altar. That blood had come from the blood of the sin offering, the burnt offering and the ram of ordination (Leviticus 8:1-29), each symbolic of the blood Jesus would shed at Calvary. The blood demonstrated a truth which many fail to grasp: regardless of how hard we try, even if we “give our bodies to be burned” (1 Corinthians 13:3), there is no price we can pay to redeem ourselves from Adam’s sin. It is only the blood of Jesus which cleanses us from our sins (1 John 1:7). As we are told in Hebrews, through His blood we have “come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel (Hebrews 12:22-25).
You’ll recall in Luke 13:23-28 those who were told by Jesus that at the judgment, many would seek to enter heaven and not be able. Some would say, “But we ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets. But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from me all you workers of iniquity.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves are thrust out.”
If anyone is depending on his or her own “good works” as their entry into heaven, they are doomed from the start. As I said before, “Man’s best is nothing until it has been covered by the blood of Christ.”
John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father,
to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 1:4-6Selah! Chaplain Grant Wolf
Chaplain Wolf writes a daily email digest taken from the One Year Bible. His insight into Scripture is a tremendous blessing to the reader, and this message is especially appropriate for our ministry. For more about Covered Law Enforcement, the significance of our logo, and salvation, please read the following articles.
- Leviticus 17. The sacredness of blood. One place of sacrifice (bummyla.wordpress.com)
- Right Ears, Right Hands, Right Feet (ccalachua.wordpress.com)
- Do You Value the Blood of Christ as Much as God? Hebrews 9:15-28 (mudpreacher.org)