Leviticus 8 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
(Moses speaking to Aaron)
“’You must remain at the entrance to the tent of meeting day and night for seven days and keep the L-rd’s charge so that you will not die, for this is what I have commanded.’ So Aaron and his sons did everything the L-rd commanded through Moses.” Lev 8: 35-36
After all the pomp and pageantry, the blood and sacrificing, what did the L-rd tell Aaron and his sons? “Wait for seven days.” Obviously, there was something big coming on the 8th…God’s presence fills the tabernacle!
This is exactly the directive that Yeshua gave to his disciples before His ascension: “Wait for seven days.” You won’t find it written directly, but if you understand the Jewish calendar, the seven-day wait is abundantly clear.
Yeshua was placed in the tomb in the final hours of Passover. He rose three days later.
“After He had suffered, He also presented Himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during 40 days and speaking about the kingdom of G-d.” Acts 1: 3
After three days in the tomb, Jesus spent 40 days appearing to many of His followers. 3 days in the tomb, plus 40 days with His disciples = 43 days.
Pentecost is 50 days after Passover. Because Yeshua was entombed in the final hours of Passover, the first day in the tomb does not count towards the 50-day lead-up to Pentecost.
Now, take 3 days in the tomb, add 40 days with His disciples, subtract 1 day because Yeshua was entombed on Passover (Pentecost was 50 days AFTER Passover), and you end up with 8 DAYS between Yeshua's ascension and the day of Pentecost…whew!!
Yeshua told His disciples to wait 7 days, and on the 8th day He filled them with His Spirit…just as on the 8th day G-d’s presence filled the tabernacle!
The account of Moses’ ordaining of Aaron and his sons as priests, is a foreshadowing of Yeshua's ordaining of the Apostles as priests to be sent to the nations. Furthermore, Messiah has ordained ALL believers as priests of His gospel. 1 Peter 2: 4-9, Rev 1: 4-6, 5: 6-10
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Friday, April 18, 2014