Leviticus 9 Commentary

Leviticus 9 Commentary: What it takes for the Glory of the LORD to appear.


Moses tells Aaron to perform a couple of rituals as per procedure so that the Glory of God may appear.

  1. Sin or purification offering.
  2. Burnt offering.
  3. Fellowship offering.
  4. Grain offering – which in essence was part of the fellowship offering.

Both the community and Aaron himself were not in good shape to appear before the LORD. The rituals are symbols meant to draw them to the realities of the real requirements for a relationship with their God.

This is interesting. The tabernacle with the revered Ark wasn’t God. It was the representation of the LORD. Here the LORD commands Aaron via Moses to get ready for the physical appearance of the presence of God. Even at this stage Israel is very much aware that the tabernacle was simply a representation. The reality of the presence of God was quite different. It was something they were scared off.  

After every instruction is executed to perfection, the LORD appears in form of a consuming fire that burns the sacrifices. The key moment is here. By this event we learn the importance of these rituals as we see them fulfilled in the LORD Jesus Christ.

The saint is also drawn to a point of thinking of these rituals as actions. Christianity is in the actions. It is in the walk. What we think about, what we say, our feelings and our actions are all important. Like rituals, these are physical activities.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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