And Moses said to the congregation, “This is the thing that the LORD has commanded to be done.”
In Leviticus 8 we see Aaron and his sons being ordained to fulfill the priestly duties to which God had called them. You ever think about how this might have been perceived by the other Israelites? I’ve been a human being long enough and in enough different contexts to know that change is not an easy thing for people to accept.
That is why I like what Moses says in verse 5 so much. “This is the thing that the LORD has commanded to be done.” That verse sets the context for what was about to happen. It lets the people know the motivation behind the change. It’s not, “We’re going to consecrate Aaron and his sons as priests because we think it’s a good idea” or, “because they really want to be priests”, or “because they satisfy the qualifications that we think would make a good priest”.
The LORD commanded it and so Moses and the people respond in obedience. It’s as “simple” as that. In this case, it would have been appropriate for Moses to remind the people, “your opinion, while interesting, is irrelevant”. It’s about God’s plan, purpose and command.
It seems as though as church leaders we would do well to model this approach to some extent. A group of leaders who are in full submission to God and united by the Spirit should be able to introduce change and/or decisions to the congregation by setting the context that everything we do is an obedient response to God’s command as revealed through His word, the Bible. Our primary justification for anything/everything we do should always be the authority of scripture, not our own wisdom or opinions.
In everything, may we fear God more than man and may we submit all things to Christ.