When God commanded that Aaron and his sons were to be set aside as holy priests before Him, the blood of a ram of consecration (Exodus 29:22) had to be applied in very specific ways upon Aaron and his sons in order for them to become acceptable to God. Then and only then, was it declared that they were hallowed by the oil and the blood.
We find these God given instructions for this holy consecration ceremony located in Exodus chapter 29, and verses 19-21, reading from the King James version, it says,
(19)”And thou shalt take the other ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram.”
(20)”Then shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his blood, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.”
(21)”And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: and he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him.”
Notice the symbolism here of Christ’s consecration of His ministers in these scriptures. The blood of the sacrifice can represent the blood that Jesus shed as He carried the heavy load of our sins on the cross. Next, the oil represents the Anointing of the Holy Ghost coming upon us. Together, this says that anyone that dares to stands minister before God on behalf of the people of God, should be both: saved and filled with the Holy Ghost at the same time in order to be acceptable to God as His minister.
Yet, there is even more symbolism found in these verses. Notice, that Aaron the High Priest stands as a representative of Jesus Christ Who is also known as our Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14). It is Him who is clothed in both great splendor and beauty. The blood of the ram represents the BLOOD of His own sacrifice that He carries to cleanse mankind of their sins; and the anointing stands for the anointing that He is the very essence of and that He possesses in His hallowed holiness.
Together, we see that those who ministered as High Priests and Priests before God were only hallowed by the oil and the blood which defines the very power of their consecration. The oil representing the anointing of the Holy Ghost (also known as the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of God) and the blood representing the power of the work of the cross of Jesus Christ, to give them the grace (or empowerment) to minister as holy men of God.
Our Greatest Need Today
Our greatest need today is the anointing of the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit to enable those of us who minister to God and who minister to the people of God to step into the spiritual office of priests of our churches and of our homes. We cannot stand to minister praise and worship to God as believers without having the experience of being hallowed by the oil and the blood.
We Must Be Anointed And Washed In The Blood Of Jesus!
In conclusion, as spiritual kings and priests (Revelations 5:10) we must remain reconciled to God by way of repentance, or the confessing of our sins and the mental and emotional desertion of those same sins. This is the way to real reconciliation to God through Christ Jesus our Lord. And we must make it our duty as priests to bring men and women, boys and girls to a place of reconciliation with God.
That is the Main duty of a Priest!
First, however, we must take into consideration that, like the consecration of the priests under the old covenant,their must be a consecration of the men and women of God, today. We cannot properly fulfill our priestly duties, even in the home, among family members, among friends, among neighbors, or among any group that we hope to influence, unless we become hallowed by the oil and the blood. That is to say, our sins are confessed and washed away by the blood of Jesus, and we are filled to overflowing with the Anointing of the Holy Ghost on a daily basis on a hourly basis, every minute of the day; that is the holy oil we need! We Need To Be Anointed In Order To Step Into Our Appointment! A-men