Today you should read: Leviticus 9
Leviticus chapter 9 prescribes and describes the first tabernacle service after the ordination of Aaron and his sons. The requirement of various offerings assumes that both the priests and the people are sinful. The Lord manifests himself by miraculously burning the animals on the altar, thus indicating that he has accepted both the priests and the people. This chapter functions as a sequel to the Sinai event; just as God came down to deliver his covenant to his people, so now he descends upon his alter to dwell intimately with them. (ESV study Bible note)
There is no distinction between the priests and the people in terms of right standing before a Holy God. The priest only differed in function from the people. Their sins needed a sacrifice that the Lord would accept just as much as the people did. God is the one who set the perimeters and God is the one who decided what sacrifices He would accept. This truth has not changed in 2015. God still requires a sacrifice for the pastor, the elder, the prodigal and the down right lost person.
let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12
Posted by: Chad Wiles