Seven Steps to Consecrating the Priests/Saints

Exodus 28:1–29:46, Note the seven steps required to consecrate the priests for service in the tabernacle. Let’s compare them with the steps a believer goes through to become a “chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a set-apart nation, a peculiar people that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into [Yeshua’s] marvelous light” (1 Pet 2:9). These steps relate to the process a believer goes through from initial salvation to his ultimate glorification.

  1. The priests were taken from among the children of Israel (Exod 28:1). This prefigures divine election. YHVH calls or chooses each person. Yeshua called his disciples (John 15:16–19). They did not call or choose him, but they had to respond to that call.
  2. They were then brought into the door of the tabernacle (Exod 29:4). The door of the tabernacle is Messiah Yeshua who is the door to the sheepfold. No man comes to the Father except through Yeshua (John 10:1–18 and 14:6). The door is comprised of four colors, which speak of the person and work of Yeshua: blue, scarlet, white and purple. It also speaks of the four Gospels, which are the door to understanding the Person and work of Yeshua.
  3. They were washed (Exod 29:4). Upon accepting the work and Person of Yeshua, one must be immersed for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38) to identify spiritually with the death, burial and resurrection of Yeshua (Rom 6:3–14), and the washing of the water of the Word (Eph 5:26).
  4. They were clothed in their official garments (Exod 29:4–9). The redeemed believer is to put on the robes of righteousness. (Gal 3:27, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Messiah have put on ­Messiah.”) Paul talks about fruits of righteousness through Yeshua in Philippians 1:11. Righteousness is Torah obedience (Ps 119:172) and is a mark of the end-time believers/saints (Rev 12:17 and 14:12) and of the bride of Messiah (Rev 19:8).
  5. They laid their hands on the head of the animals that were sacrificed, blood was shed and sprinkled on Aaron and his sons, matzoh (unleavened bread) was waved and burnt, and they ate the flesh of the ram and the matzoh (Exod 29:10–26, 32–33). Each believer has to take personal responsibility for his own sins. The sacrifice of Yeshua, the Lamb of Elohim, at the cross must become personal to each person each must have his own personal relationship with Yeshua. Each must “eat” the flesh and “drink” the blood of Yeshua individually (John 6:35–58). Communion pictures this and is a personal and individual matter.
  6. They were anointed with oil (Exod 29:21). Each person must receive the Set-Apart Spirit (Ruach) of Elohim
  7. They are sanctified or set-apart for a special, divine purpose (Exod 29:44). Only after going through these steps is one set apart unto YHVH as a set-apart priesthood doing the set-apart work of YHVH.

Only on the basis of following YHVH’s steps, as outlined above in a spiritual manner, can one have fellowship with the Father. And what was the result? Relationship with the Father! Read Exodus 29:44–46 below,

And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar. I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest’s office. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their Elohim. And they shall know that I am YHVH their Elohim, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am YHVH their Elohim. (emphasis added)

This is all accomplished through Yeshua living in us spiritually. Yeshua is the Chief Cornerstone of the spiritual building of which the saints are a part (Eph 2:20). He is the end result or goal of the Torah (Rom 10:4). He is the Author and the Finisher of our Faith (Heb 12:2), the Beginning and the End, the Aleph and Tav (Alpha and Omega, Rev 21:6; 22:13) of everything. He is calling us to be  his “royal priesthood.”

 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light, which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of Elohim, which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. (1 Pet 2:4–10, emphasis added)

Our faith in Yeshua stays alive and vibrant because of the sacrifices of devotion and praise we offer up daily—morning and night as did the priests of old.


2 thoughts on “Seven Steps to Consecrating the Priests/Saints

  1. Considering the robe of righteousness – When we read from the scroll that Yesuha read from at the start of His Ministry (Isa. 61) – Most like Yom Kippur, Lev 25:9 the day that Liberty was proclaimed. It looks like Joel 2:15 was also a Jubilee, for a shofar was sounded on a fast day (Yom Kippur).

    I digress.

    My point was in regards to your point 4. About robe of righteousness, additionally tied to the Kohenim.

    Isa 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
    My soul shall be joyful in my God;
    For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
    He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
    As a bridegroom DECKS (H3547) himself with ornaments,
    And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

    It is an unusual usage in the Hebrew of the word (H3547) kāhan: A verb meaning to act, to serve as a priest. This is a denominative verb from the noun kōhēn (priest) (H3548).

    Most of this verb usage is in the book of Exodus. We read about the garments being connected with ministering and with the priesthood in Exo 28:1, 28:3-4,41; 31:10; 35:19; 39:41; 40:13; Lev 16:32; and possibly Isa 61:10. Ten of the twenty-three references involve garments or accoutrement – head covering, the ephod, the kadosh nezer (Lev 8:9), the sash.

    It almost sounds like a the Bridegroom is dressing in preparation to minister as a priest. – I think that Wight – in “manners and customs of Bible lands.” Speaks of dressing up for the wedding ceremony, I am just not sure if He connects the priestly connection. The High priest would look like he was dressed regalia. We are called to serve as priest over our homes and families. In some aspects a re-incorporating of the restoration of the original Melchizedek priesthood order.

  2. Good job Yonatan at connecting some dots in the Scriptures to help us to see the bigger picture.

    Let’s not forget Rev 19:7–9 when speaking of Isa 61:10.

    BTW, I just checked, in his book, Wight doesn’t make the connection with the brides apparel and that of the priests.

    Also, very interesting about the word “decks” meaning “to act or minister as a priest.” This ties in nicely to Israel being a kingdom of priests (Exod 19:6), to Peter’s “royal priesthood” reference to the saints (1 Pet 2:9) and to the saints being priest with Yeshua in his millennial kingdom (Rev 1:6, etc.)

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