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Aaron as model priest

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Aaron was made high priest and charged with the responsibility of making offerings for the sins of the people and ensuring that the Lord was worshipped in the proper manner. His priesthood was to pass to his descendants, thus ensuring its continuity.

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Aaron was high priest

His call to the priesthood

Numbers 3:10 KJV 1900
And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest’s office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
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His anointing, ordination and consecration

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His priestly garments

Exodus 28:2 KJV 1900
And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.
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The significance of the priestly garments

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Skilled craftsmen were employed in the making of the priestly garments


Fellow Levites were to help Aaron in ministry

Numbers 18:2 KJV 1900
And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness.

Aaron’s priestly privileges

In sacrificial offerings

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In tithes


In cities allotted to his descendants

Joshua 21:19 KJV 1900
All the cities of the children of Aaron, the priests, were thirteen cities with their suburbs.

Aaron’s priestly responsibilities

Respect for the holiness of the Lord and his sanctuary

Leviticus 10:3 KJV 1900
Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.
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Keeping ritually clean

Leviticus 21:10–12 KJV 1900
And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes; Neither shall he go in to any dead body, nor defile himself for his father, or for his mother; Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the Lord.

Tending the lamps in the Tent of Meeting


Obeying the Lord’s commands about sacrificial ritual and offerings

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Taking responsibility for the offences against the sanctuary and the priesthood

Numbers 18:1 KJV 1900
And the Lord said unto Aaron, Thou and thy sons and thy father’s house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood.

The future of Aaron’s priesthood

The Lord’s requirements are to stand for all time

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The priesthood continues through Aaron’s descendants

Numbers 20:28 KJV 1900
And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount.

Aaron’s priesthood compared with Melchizedek’s

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