And he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head and anointed him, to consecrate him. (Leviticus 8:12)
Even though Moses anointed all the other parts of the Sanctuary, including the altar, only Aaron, the High Priest, had oil poured upon him. It is true that, in the process of consecration, Aaron and his sons were sprinkled with oil and blood. Still, only Aaron, had oil poured upon his head. According to tradition, Moses poured the oil on his head and then smeared some between his eyebrows in the form of the ancient Hebrew letter tav, which would resemble an X or cross. I can’t think of this scene without thinking of what David wrote when he said:
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. (Psalm 133:1-2)
Should we consider then, that the consecration of the priests, and specifically the anointing of Aaron with oil, is somehow connected to the idea of brotherhood and unity? Obviously, the priesthood played a significant role in bridging the divide between God and man. Consequently, it must be that this also played a part in fostering fellowship among God’s people. Let’s put it this way: to be in a proper relationship with the Almighty requires that we be in a proper relationship with one another.
Seeing that we are regarded as priests of the Most High, it is our duty to provoke unity among the brethren. We might even say that, like Aaron, we have been anointed to do so. I say that because unity in the Body is a high priority for our High Priest, Yeshua. On the night before He was crucified, His prayer was that His followers would be one even as the Father and Son were one for this purpose — that the world would believe that the Father had sent Him (John 17). So then, let us do our part to convince this world that Yeshua is the Son of God, sent to bridge the divide between God and man. We can do a much better job of that when we resist those who would sow discord, strife and division and when we work toward peace and unity in the Body.
Blessings and Shalom,