Then Moses said, “This is the thing which the Lord commanded you to do, and the glory of the Lord will appear to you.” (Leviticus 9:6)
In the opening verses of Leviticus 9, Moses instructed the priests, the elders and all of the children of Israel to present specific sacrifices before the LORD in anticipation of the LORD’s appearing. The way the Hebrew is constructed in this verse is perfect tense, meaning that it was done. In other words, the priests and the people were NOT told to do certain things in the hope that the LORD would appear; they were told to do certain things because He was going to appear. Because it was a certainty that the LORD would appear to the people, certain things had to be set in order lest they be found unprepared.
This instruction and its ramifications should sound familiar to all of us who follow Messiah. While we do not know the day or the hour of His appearing, we do know that there is coming a day when He will appear. Because that day is a certainty, we are admonished to do what has been given to us to do without hesitation and delay. Furthermore, we are instructed to make ourselves ready — that is, to live in such a way that we will not be embarrassed and humiliated when He does appear. We must walk upright and in expectation that this day will soon occur — we don’t want to be found sleeping and apathetic. As Peter said, we are to be people who conduct ourselves in holiness and godliness, “looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God.” (2 Peter 3:12). So then, let us conclude with this warning from Messiah Himself who said:
Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:42-44)
Blessings and Shalom,