Today I read Exodus 40 where Moses rears the tabernacle and anoints Aaron and his sons. This is the chapter where Aaron officially receives the priesthood and starts officiating as a priest and serving Israel. It must have been an interesting and exciting time, much like in this day and age the completing of a new temple to the Lord.
I can only imagine the excitement among the children of Israel as they watched the tabernacle be put up for that first time. To have Moses go in and place everything in order and pronounce it acceptable to the Lord. What a feeling that must have been! I wonder how they selected who got to witness Aaron's ordination? With such a large crowd there would actually only be a few hundred who could logistically gather round to watch as Aaron was set apart. I imagine it was the tribe of Levi who got to witness it since they also were to receive the priesthood and act as priests for the host of Israel.
Israel has always been God's chosen people and the Bible and Book of Mormon are the only records that we have of God and His dealings with mankind. It is a comfort to see that God has always followed the same pattern. When His people are free, He wants them to build a temple where they can perform sacred ordinances for salvation. God does not change. The times change and the people change, but God is always the same. I derive comfort from that and so should everyone. I don't think people realize what it means to have a God that is constant. Just think for a second if we had a God who was NOT constant. What a world that would be!
Could you imagine if God told us one thing and then next week completely went back on it? How would we know how to serve Him? How would we be able to do what He wants us to do? We would always be second guessing ourselves and would not be able to rely on God at all. What a scary thought! Because I don't know about you, but the one being I can always count on no matter what is Heavenly Father Himself! I love my wife but she is human and can make mistakes. God is perfect and will always do as He says He will. I find great comfort in that knowledge, as should the entire world. Until tomorrow.