And you shall not go out of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation in seven days…
1. Hesychius applieth it to the Pentecost, which was seven times seven days from the resurrection of Christ, and the apostles were commanded not to depart from Jerusalem till they had received the Holy Ghost, as these are not to go out of the door of the Tabernacle during the time of their consecration.
2. Lyranus would have understood by the seven days seven things from which the priests should abstain — long sleep, pleasure in eating, unprofitable actions, multiplicity of distraction, vanity of talking, variety of fiction, vileness of affection.
3. Some hereby would have signified that they which are to receive orders should exercise themselves with spiritual meditations in some retired place.
4. Some would have this a type of baptism, so such as were baptized did use to go seven days apparelled in white.
5. But these are fitter applications: That ministers should learn hereby to frequent the Church and to attend Divine things, or that these seven days may betoken all the time of this life, that we should not day or night, in prosperity or adversity, depart from the faith of the Church, or that the priests, as long as they live, should not depart from the observation of the Divine law, and should be admonished that all their life they are devoted to another's service; and the staying in the Tabernacle showeth two principal duties of the priest — to learn somewhat of God or to teach the people; but he should teach what he hath learned out of Scripture, not out of his own brain.
(A. Willet, D. D.).
Parallel VersesKJV: And ye shall not go out of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation in seven days, until the days of your consecration be at an end: for seven days shall he consecrate you.