You shall also take one ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the ram.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)One ram.—Heb., the one ram: i.e., one of the two rams already mentioned in Exodus 29:1.
Put their hands upon the head of the ram.
—Again identifying themselves with the animal, as in Exodus 29:10, but with a different purpose from their former one. Then they transferred their sins to the victim; now they claimed a part in the victim’s dedication to God, offering themselves with it, and becoming, themselves, “a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the Lord” (Exodus 29:18).Exodus 29:15. There must be a burnt-offering, a ram wholly burned, in token of the dedication of themselves wholly to God, as living sacrifices, kindled with the fire, and ascending in the flame of holy love. The sin-offering must first be offered, and then the burnt-offering, for till guilt be removed no acceptable service can be performed.Leviticus 8:3.Exodus 29:1,
and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram; confessing their sins, acknowledging their guilt, and by this act transferring the same to the ram, which was to be a burnt offering, and was typical of the imputation of sin to Christ, as before observed.Thou shalt also take one ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)15–18. The burnt-offering (Leviticus 8:18-21),—such as would naturally form part of a solemn ceremony. On the ritual, see more fully Leviticus 1.Verse 15. - One ram. Literally "the one ram" - i.e., "one of the two rams mentioned in verse 1. Put their hands. Here, again, the object was to identify themselves with the victim, and make it their representative; though now, as the ram was to be a burnt offering, self-sacrifice, rather than expiation, was the leading thought. Leviticus 1-7. It will be more advisable therefore to defer the examination of this ceremony till we come to Leviticus 8, where the consecration itself is described. The same may also be said of the expiation and anointing of the altar, which are commanded in Exodus 29:36 and Exodus 29:37, and carried out in Leviticus 8:11.
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