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Monday, November 26 2018
A Bible Journey, 79: The Hallowing Of The Priests
"This is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest's office ... the priest's office shall be theirs for a perpetual statute: and thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons"
The English-language word "hallow" had its origin from an Anglo-Saxon (the Anglos were a tribe of the Saxons; Saxony is in Germany; see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) word, halgian, which meant to make holy. The English word "holy" originated from another Anglo-Saxon word, hodlig, which meant whole, or pure.
The English words "hallow" and "holy" accurately translate the original Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures. Ironically, many Christian-professing people make the Scriptures unholy for themselves by ignoring or rejecting the whole Scriptures (see also Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?.)
The LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) established His Levite Priesthood for their holy (i.e. wholly - "a complete degree or to the full or entire extent") service to Him (see A Bible Journey, 76: Why Did The LORD Build His Tabernacle? and The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood and the Fact Finder question below).
"29:1 And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest's office: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish, 29:2 And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil: of wheaten flour shalt thou make them. 29:3 And thou shalt put them into one basket, and bring them in the basket, with the bullock and the two rams. 29:4 And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water. 29:5 And thou shalt take the garments, and put upon Aaron the coat, and the robe of the ephod, and the ephod, and the breastplate, and gird him with the curious girdle of the ephod: 29:6 And thou shalt put the mitre upon his head, and put the holy crown upon the mitre. 29:7 Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him. 29:8 And thou shalt bring his sons, and put coats upon them. 29:9 And thou shalt gird them with girdles, Aaron and his sons, and put the bonnets on them: and the priest's office shall be theirs for a perpetual statute: and thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons." (Exodus 29:1-9 KJV)
"29:10 And thou shalt cause a bullock to be brought before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the bullock. 29:11 And thou shalt kill the bullock before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 29:12 And thou shalt take of the blood of the bullock, and put it upon the horns of the altar with thy finger, and pour all the blood beside the bottom of the altar. 29:13 And thou shalt take all the fat that covereth the inwards, and the caul that is above the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, and burn them upon the altar. 29:14 But the flesh of the bullock, and his skin, and his dung, shalt thou burn with fire without the camp: it is a sin offering.
Aaron, the brother of Moses (Moses was also a Levite; see Exodus 2: The Drawing Of Moses and The Meeting Of Moses And Aaron) was the first High Priest. He served during most of the time that the Israelites were in the Sinai (see Where Are Miriam, Aaron And Moses?). Aaron's son Eleazar was the High Priest when the Israelites crossed the Jordan (see From Moses And Aaron To Joshua and Eleazar).
"29:29 And the holy garments of Aaron shall be his sons' after him, to be anointed therein, and to be consecrated in them. 29:30 And that son that is priest in his stead shall put them on seven days, when he cometh into the tabernacle of the congregation to minister in the holy place.
Fact Finder: How did the Levites continue to serve the Messiah in the New Testament (i.e. "a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith" Acts 6:7 KJV)? Was John the Baptist a Levite?
This Day In History, November 26
43 BC: The "Second Triumvirate" was formed by Octavian (who later became Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor who proclaimed the census that caused the Messiah to be born in Bethlehem; see The Roman Emperors: Augustus and The Messiah And The Caesars), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Mark Antony.
1476: A real Count Dracula: Vlad the Impaler (a member of the House of Draculesti, a branch of the House of Basarab, also known by his patronymic name Dracula) defeated Basarab Laiota.
1688: Louis XIV of France declared war on the Netherlands.
1703: The Great Channel Storm devastated Britain. It flooded the Thames and Severn rivers. Up to 8,000 people died. The Royal Navy lost 15 warships.
1778: English explorer Captain James Cook landed on the Sandwich Islands (known today as Hawaii).
1863: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed November 26 as the U.S. version of Thanksgiving Day. It was celebrated annually thereafter in the U.S. on the last Thursday of November.
1914: The British battleship Bulwark, with 750 crew, exploded while loading ammunition. Only 12 survived.
1922: Archaeologist Howard Carter and his sponsor, the Earl of Carnarvon, became the first 2 people in 3,000 years to see inside the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Uncovered near Luxor, Egypt, it had been spared the fate of many tombs which had been pillaged by grave robbers (see also A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Years In Cleopatra's Egypt).
1938: Poland signed a non-aggression pact with Russia to protect against a German invasion. Within a year, Poland was invaded by both Germany and Russia.
1939: James Naismith, the Canadian inventor of basketball, died.
1940: Occupying Nazi troops began sealing off the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, Poland, imprisoning its 400,000 inhabitants.
1949: The Indian Constituent Assembly adopted India's new constitution as presented by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.
1970: Pope Paul VI was attacked with a dagger at Manila airport by a Bolivian artist who was dressed as a priest. He was unhurt.
1979: Oil deposits estimated to be as great as that found in the Middle East were discovered in Venezuela.
1988: The U.S. government, claiming the possibility of terrorist attacks on U.S. citizens, denied Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's request for a diplomatic visa so that he could address a session of the United Nations in New York.
1998: Tony Blair became the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's Parliament.
2000: After a lengthy delay for vote recounting, George W. Bush was proclaimed the winner of Florida's electoral votes, enabling him to become the U.S. President.
2003: The supersonic Concorde airliner made its final flight, over Bristol, England.