The Service of the Eighth Day

Leviticus 9:1-24

On the eighth day after the Tabernacle was first erected and Aaron and his four sons were anointed, the newly inaugurated priests begin offering the sacrificial service. The first offerings are special; Aaron brings a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for an elevation offering, while the Children of Israel bring a he-goat for a sin offering and a yearling calf and sheep  for an elevation offering. They also bring a bull and ram for a peace offering and accompany it all with a meal offering.


The text goes on to detail how Aaron and his sons performed the rituals of the sacrifices in all their details, after which Aaron and Moses bless the people and God’s glory appears to them. A fire goes out from before God and consumes the offerings the priests have prepared, and the people rejoice before Him.


The Israel Bible explains the connection between this revelation and that of Sinai. The Tabernacle and Temple in Jerusalem were intended to be a permanent resting place for the presence of God among the people. That is why the construction of the Tabernacle follows so closely on the heels of the revelation at Sinai. The Divine Presence made a brief appearance on Mount Sinai before making an extended stay within the Tabernacle.


Virtual Classroom Discussion

Why do you think the Torah provides us with so much detail about what Aaron and his sons did to perform the first sacrificial service? Would it not have been enough for it to say they performed the service as commanded? The details have been laid out already extensively in the past two portions.

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  • Doreen Poole

    It is so important to respect the presence of the Lord. If it just said ritual then it is just that. This was not a mere ritual it was preparation for HaShem appearance, His glory. We should never take lightly The presence of the Lord. I am mostly interested In The deeper meaning. The inners were exposed and cleansed before being offered. Our inner most beings should willing be exposed to the Lord for atonement. We are made bare before Him, as He cleanses us. We all wait for that glorious day of His Coming. Messiah.

  • DannyLee ben Israel

    There is a point I’d like to toss in for discussion. When the glory of Elohim filled the Tabernacle, the people fell on their faces at the sight of His glory. Within Christian Charismatic circles, it’s a customary practice for a person to fall backwards when confronted with the presence of Elohim. It’s an event known as being “slain in the Spirit”. I’m not sure if that’s a practice in any other belief system.
    I remember an almost humorous ocassion many years ago when I presented myself before Adonai for prayer in one of these circles. There were about 20 men on the church platform with me. As the pastor stood before us, there were several other men standing behind us to catch us if we fell. One by one, the pastor placed his fingers on the forehead of each man and prayed. When the pastor got to me, he prayed and then gave my head a gentle push to start the fall. It’s called a “Holy Ghost shove”. Rather than fall, my head just oscillated back into its original position. I just sported a confused look on my face.
    The point is, nowhere in Scripture is there precedence for falling backwards. Such is to fall away from Elohim. Those truly touched by His presence will always “fall on their faces”. I’ve only had one opportunity to hear His audible voice. In a dream, He gave me a particular direction for that time. My response was step by step. At the sound of His voice, I went to my knees. Then, in once fluid motion, I fell on my face. Scripture says, “every knee will bow…” One can’t bow their knees and fall backwards–physical impossibility without severe damage to the knees.

    • Nancy McKeown

      As you said, it was this particular Christian charismatic sect that performed this type of ritual. Not all Christians feel his presence and worship the Lord in this manner. On the day I see my Lord rest assure I will fall to my knees and worship at his feet, head bowed in reverence. Oh what a day that will be.

  • DannyLee ben Israel

    I think Herman has struck a great point in regards to a pure heart and holiness. I’ve heard it said that Hashem holds leaders to a much higher standard than others. Could this be why Moshe is commanded to first bring a calf to the altar? Was is not Aaron that was instrumental in the sin of the people with the golden calf at Sinai? Could it be this was Aaron’s chance, by divine providence, to make things right in his own life so he could effectively intercede for the people? It’s not hard in our day to find examples of leaders in both religious and public sectors that have “corrupted themselves”, thus leading their followers down a dark path.

  • Herman Arentsen

    The details on themselves are not the importance of the sacrifice but the connection to HaShem.
    It is so detailed beacause a. to prepare the hearts of Kohen and the owner of the sacrifice , it leaves them time to think over about their attitude. b. It takes time and a pretty long stay of devotion to bring your sacrifice. c. It also shows that our G-d is not a G-d Who only looks at the great lines, but is also interested in the small things of human life. The things that show someones heart. (eg. tzedakah)

  • Angela B

    In answer to the Classroom question, I think the details in this part are for the reason that for the first time, the priests and the people are actually carrying out what Moshe was telling them in the previous chapters — there’s something special about ‘the doing’ of the commands. I believe Yahweh was happy with ‘the doing’ hence He ensured that the writer gets the message across to the future generations such as you and me.

  • Phyllis Pearson

    G-d is also setting the standard required, by him, for Aaron and his sons, and those that are to follow them. This was not just a once only event, but the fore-runner for all the future times when sacrifice takes place.

  • SueJean Heinz

    Our Torah teacher has reiterated many times that the Torah contains no “idle words”. I have to believe that Moshe wrote in all of these details because each of them has some deeper meaning to the purpose that was being accomplished here.
    Too many have followed in the erroneous thinking that somehow there will be no Levitical priesthood in the Millennial Kingdom, but the priesthood was established as an eternal covenant.
    I don’t understand how the word “eternal” has somehow changed its meaning over the years.
    Baruch Hashem.

    • SueJean Heinz

      Our Torah study revealed many reasons for all of the details given concerning the Eighth day and I’m hard pressed to list them all, but here’s a few:
      1. This was the day that began the formal way of worship as defined by Elohim.
      2. This was the end of anyone being able to erect an altar anywhere, anytime they wanted to worship. It now had to be done in the place and way specified.
      3. This was the first of Nissan and the first observation of the New Moon and establishment of Rosh Chodesh.
      4. This was the inauguration of the Levical priesthood.
      5. This was the day that the tribe of Yehudah brought their tribal offerings.
      There’s more, but I’m sure you can read it for yourself. Basically this was a day of new beginnings which is the meaning behind the number 8.
      Baruch Hashem.

      • SueJean Heinz

        One more "first" that happened on this day has to be added to my list above.
        This was the first time ever that the Aaronic Blessing was spoken over the people.
        Baruch Hashem.

  • Michael

    Maybe God wants us to see a deeper meaning in what is being performed with the specific animals and the shedding of the blood.. Its not enough I suppose to say the ritual was done as commanded it would be superficial thoughtless and reproachable. God desires all of our being to be involved in what he is doing. To draw in close to his pattern. For maybe his pattern has an even deeper meaning that he desires his people to know about Him. As his commandment to love the Lord thy God with all of thy heart, soul , mind and strength.

    • Diana Brown

      In the day of my grandparents, the Blood Covenant was described as a “shared partnership” between God’s Priests and God to bring the people close to Him. Now it is referred to as a covenant of Kinship. Relationship over Ritual is what will restore the Blood Covenant to it’s original meaning for the good of humanity.
      I believe that is why Israel must be allowed to worship as they were covenantally commanded on the Temple Mount. When this is done, God’s Temple will be rebuilt and will be what God intended….A house of prayer for all Nations.
      Right now, there is only one nation, the Muslim nation, who can worship on the Temple Mount without any repercussions. If a Jew stands on the Temple Mount and moves his lips, he is banned from the Temple Mount indefinitely. If a Christian goes to the Temple Mount, their bags are searched to insure no Bible or other literature pertaining to their faith is in their possession to share.
      Now you may ask, what about Muslims who are believing in Yeshua or Buddha, etc. Are they able to pray on the Temple Mount? This video says NO.
      You can see what the proper order of the Temple Mount is restored, the world can come to Yerushalayim and worship God the way He intended. This is what we must pray for in our day and time.

      • Stephan Sundqvist

        Shalom Diana,

        I really agree with you. I look forward to the Messianic Age when everything will be reset and Israel and the rest of the world will raise and praise the Holy name of Hashem/Elohim. Blessed be His name. . It will be a wonderful day. This will be a continuation of the joy that His people had when He took them out of Egypt.

        May Hashem help us to be faithful and to follow his commandment until the end.

        The Temple Mount is Jewish, nothing else. It is only a question of time.

        • SueJean Heinz

          Amen Stephan!
          What a glorious future we have to look forward to!!
          Baruch Hashem.

        • DannyLee ben Israel

          Great comment Stephan! I can invision in my mind no structure upon the mount but the Third Temple. That day will soon be upon us when Messiah personally teaches Torah from Jerusalem. However, right now, I’d settle for just a shared piece of the mount, one just big enough to build an altar so the daily sacrifices can be started once again. Daniel says it will be so and then be stopped. He says it has to errected for at least 8 days (7 for the dedication + 1) for the morning and evening sacrifice to resume. When it’s shut down (abomination of desolation) we can start marking days off our calandars (1290 + 45) for when Messiah will come to redeem His chosen, establish His kingdom, and cause Torah to go forth from Jerusalem. Then, the Third Temple will sit ALONE on the mount.

  • Kenneth Osterman

    As noted in the introduction comments: This experience is connected to the REVELATION of God to the people of Israel. As Diana comments, no other god has ever appeared to a people.
    In both cases the large congregation was awed. At Sinai, this awe was mostly fear and trembling, but with this event their awe became worship as they began to understand their relationship with God.
    In the book of Kings chapter 8 there is the detailed description of the dedication of the Temple by Solomon.
    These events (Sinai, Tabernacle, Temple) foreshadow greater events that would come even onto this day and yet to be fulfilled.
    We have a privilege of reading these details and reviewing history and look forward with anticipation to another temple dedication of even greater glory for it will be global.

    • Danielle Reisman


    • Angela B

      Kenneth, I like your thoughts, surely, we look forward to the dedication of the third temple.

  • Diana Brown

    Moses gave the instructions and then said, “For Today Adonai appears to you.” Throughout history, no other god could do that. The anticipation of the meeting with the Divine must have been the fuel for the kohanim and the people in preparing the sacrifices and themselves (in their hearts) to offer the sacrifices. When they did all the was commanded, Bnei-Yisrael “drew near”. Adonai showed up and the joy of His Presence was their strength.

    • Danielle Reisman

      What a faithful comment! Thank you for that

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