And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, the anointing oil, a bull as the sin offering, two rams, and a basket of unleavened bread; and gather all the congregation together at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.” (Leviticus 8:1-3)
In everything related to the Kingdom of God, there is a season to prepare for the purpose that lies ahead and then there is a season to walk in that purpose. All of the details regarding the Sanctuary, its furniture and the duties of the priests, were given that we may learn the principles and concepts contained therein. Still, the greatest teacher, at least in human terms, is the experience of doing. We can study and learn much but, until we do, many of the things that God instructs can’t be fully appreciated until we do those things.
In Hebrew, the act of consecrating the Aaronic priesthood is called “filling the hands.” Up until this point, Moses had served as king, teacher and priest in that he alone communicated with God and led the people according to the will of the Almighty. With the inauguration of the priesthood, Moses took and “filled the hands” of Aaron and his son with the responsibility to intercede on behalf of the people through their offerings and sacrifices. It was, in effect, a transference of responsibility.
Let’s be honest — it is typical of humans to be content to let others do things for us. We are quite happy to keep our hands empty of responsibility and free to do our own will. However, God expects all of His people to participate in His Kingdom and set our hands to do that He has instructed us to do. In terms of the work associated with the Kingdom, no one’s hands should be empty and unused; all hands should be filled with duty and bear the calluses of Kingdom work. So then, while we understand that there is, indeed, a time to prepare for the purpose that lies ahead, we must make certain to discern when it is time to fulfill that purpose and fill our hands with all that He has for us to do.
Blessings and Shalom,