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1. First notice of persons acting as. Ge 4:3,4.

2. During patriarchal age heads of families acted as. Ge 8:20; 12:8; 35:7.

3. After the exodus young men (first-born) deputed to act as. Ex 24:5; 19:22.

4. The sons of Aaron appointed as, by perpetual statute. Ex 29:9; 40:15.

5. All except seed of Aaron excluded from being. Nu 3:10; 16:40; 18:7.

6. Sanctified by God for the office. Ex 29:44.

7. Publicly consecrated. Ex 28:3; Nu 3:3.

8. Ceremonies at consecration of

a. Washing in water. Ex 29:4; Le 8:6.

b. Clothing with the holy garments. Ex 29:8,9; 40:14; Le 8:13.

c. Anointing with oil. Ex 30:30; 40:13.

d. Offering sacrifices. Ex 29:10-19; Le 8:14-23.

e. Purification by blood of the consecration ram. Ex 29:20,21; Le 8:23,24.

f. Placing in their hands the wave-offering. Ex 29:22-24; Le 8:25-27.

g. Partaking of the sacrifices of consecration. Ex 29:31-33; Le 8:31,32.

h. Lasted seven days. Ex 29:35-37; Le 8:33.

9. Required to remain in the tabernacle seven days after consecration. Le 8:33-36.

10. No blemished or defective persons could be consecrated. Le 21:17-23.

11. Required to prove their genealogy before they exercised the office. Ezr 2:62; Ne 7:64.

12. Garments of

a. The coat or tunic. Ex 28:40; 39:27.

b. The girdle. Ex 28:40.

c. The bonnet. Ex 28:40; 39:28.

d. The linen breeches. Ex 28:42; 39:28.

e. Worn at consecration. Ex 29:9; 40:15.

f. Worn always while engaged in the service of the tabernacle. Ex 28:43; 39:41.

g. Worn by the high priest on the day of atonement. Le 16:4.

h. Purified by sprinkling of blood. Ex 29:21.

i. Laid up in holy chambers. Eze 44:19.

j. Often provided by the people. Ezr 2:68,69; Ne 7:70,72.

13. Required to wash in the brazen laver before they performed their services. Ex 30:18-21.

14. Services of

a. Keeping the charge of the tabernacle. Nu 18:1,5,7.

b. Covering the sacred things of the sanctuary before removal. Nu 4:5-15.

c. Offering sacrifices. Le 1:1-6:30; 2Ch 29:34; 35:11.

d. Lighting and trimming the lamps of the sanctuary. Ex 27:20,21; Le 24:3,4.

e. Keeping the sacred fire always burning on the altar. Le 6:12,13.

f. Burning incense. Ex 20:7,8; Lu 1:9.

g. Placing and removing show-bread. Le 24:5-9.

h. Offering first fruits. Le 23:10,11; De 26:3,4.

i. Blessing the people. Nu 6:23-27.

j. Purifying the unclean. Le 15:30,31.

k. Deciding in cases of jealousy. Nu 5:14,15.

l. Deciding in cases of leprosy. Le 13:2-59; 14:34-45.

m. Judging in cases of controversy. De 17:8-13; 21:5.

n. Teaching the law. De 33:8,10; Mal 2:7.

o. Blowing the trumpets on various occasions. Nu 10:1-10; Jos 6:3,4.

p. Carrying the ark. Jos 3:6,17; 6:12.

q. Encouraging the people when they went to war. De 20:1-4.

r. Valuing things devoted. Le 27:8.

15. Were to live by the altar as they had no inheritance. De 18:1,2; 1Co 9:13.

16. Revenues of

a. Tenth of the tithes paid to the Levites. Nu 18:26,28; Ne 10:37,38; Heb 7:5.

b. First-fruits. Nu 18:8,12,13; De 18:4.

c. Redemption-money of the first-born. Nu 3:48,51; 18:15,16.

d. First-born of animals or their substitutes. Nu 18:17,18; Ex 13:12,13.

e. First of the wool of sheep. De 18:4.

f. Show-bread after its removal. Le 24:9; 1Sa 21:4-6; Mt 12:4.

g. Part of all sacrifices. Le 7:6-10,31,34; Nu 6:19,20; 18:8-11; De 18:3.

h. All devoted things. Nu 18:14.

i. All restitutions when the owner could not be found. Nu 5:8.

j. A fixed portion of the spoil taken in war. Nu 31:29,41.

17. Thirteen of the Levitical cities given to, for residence. 1Ch 6:57-60; Nu 35:1-8.

18. Might purchase and hold other lands in possession. 1Ki 2:26; Jer 32:8,9.

19. Special laws respecting

a. Not to marry divorced or improper persons. Le 21:7.

b. Not to defile themselves for the dead except the nearest of kin. Le 21:1-6.

c. Not to drink wine, &c while attending in the tabernacle. Le 10:9; Eze 44:21.

d. Not to defile themselves by eating what died or was torn. Le 22:8.

e. While unclean could not perform any service. Le 22:1,2; Nu 19:6,7.

f. While unclean could not eat of the holy things. Le 22:3-7.

g. No sojourner or hired servant to eat of their portion. Le 22:10.

h. All bought and home-born servants to eat of their portion. Le 22:11.

i. Children of, married to strangers, not to eat of their portion. Le 22:12.

j. Restitution to be made to, by persons ignorantly eating of their holy things. Le 22:14-16.

20. Divided by David into twenty-four courses. 1Ch 24:1-19; 2Ch 8:14; 35:4,5.

21. The four courses which returned from Babylon subdivided into 24. Ezr 2:36-39; Lu 1:5.

22. Each course of, had its president or chief. 1Ch 24:6,31; 2Ch 36:14.

23. Services of, divided by lot. Lu 1:9.

24. Punishment for invading the office of. Nu 16:1-35; 18:7; 2Ch 26:16-21.

25. On special occasions persons not of Aaron’s family acted as. Jdj 6:24-27; 1Sa 7:9; 1Ki 18:33.

26. Were sometimes

a. Greedy. 1Sa 2:13-17.

b. Drunken. Isa 28:7.

c. Profane and wicked. 1Sa 2:22-24.

d. Unjust. Jer 6:13.

e. Corrupters of the law. Isa 28:7; Mal 2:8.

f. Slow to sanctify, themselves for God’s services. 2Ch 29:34.

27. Generally participated in punishment of the people. Jer 14:18; La 2:20.

28. Made of the lowest of the people by Jeroboam and others. 1Ki 12:21; 2Ki 17:32.

29. Services of, ineffectual for removing sin. Heb 7:11; 10:11.

30. Illustrative of

a. Christ. Heb 10:11,12.

b. Saints. Ex 19:6; 1Pe 2:9.