Guest Contributor Seth Postel
"The LORD said to Moses: 'Tell your brother Aaron that he shall not enter at any time into the holy place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, or he will die; for I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat.'"
Although Aaron has been appointed the high priest responsible for the proper administration of the Sinai Covenant, there are not-so subtle hints in the text highlighting the need for a better priesthood. All the instructions for the Day of Atonement are mediated to Aaron through Moses. Aaron's ordination to the high priesthood, with all the necessary sacrifices, was also mediated by Moses (Leviticus 8-9). And when Aaron stood guilty before the Holy God for making the golden calf (Exodus 32:1-5), the high priest needed an even higher priest to stand in the gap on his behalf (Exodus 32:31–32; see Psalm 110:4). Praise God for the Torah's prophetic witness that points us to the perfect high priest (Hebrews 9:11), the perfect sacrifice (Hebrews 9:12-14), and the perfect mediator (Hebrews 9:15) whose constant intercession on our behalf assures us that we will never ever be separated from the love of God.
"Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ?" Romans 8:33-35