The Priests Begin Their Ministry
9Â On the eighth day Moses summoned Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel. 2Â He said to Aaron, “Take a bull calf for your sin offering and a ram for your burnt offering, both without defect, and present them before the Lord. 3Â Then say to the Israelites: ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering, a calf and a lamb–both a year old and without defect–for a burnt offering, 4Â and an ox and a ram for a fellowship offering to sacrifice before the Lord, together with a grain offering mixed with olive oil. For today the Lord will appear to you.’”
5Â They took the things Moses commanded to the front of the tent of meeting, and the entire assembly came near and stood before the Lord. 6Â Then Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded you to do, so that the glory of the Lord may appear to you.”
7Â Moses said to Aaron, “Come to the altar and sacrifice your sin offering and your burnt offering and make atonement for yourself and the people; sacrifice the offering that is for the people and make atonement for them, as the Lord has commanded.”
8Â So Aaron came to the altar and slaughtered the calf as a sin offering for himself. 9Â His sons brought the blood to him, and he dipped his finger into the blood and put it on the horns of the altar; the rest of the blood he poured out at the base of the altar. 10Â On the altar he burned the fat, the kidneys and the long lobe of the liver from the sin offering, as the Lord commanded Moses; 11Â the flesh and the hide he burned up outside the camp.
12Â Then he slaughtered the burnt offering. His sons handed him the blood, and he splashed it against the sides of the altar. 13Â They handed him the burnt offering piece by piece, including the head, and he burned them on the altar. 14Â He washed the internal organs and the legs and burned them on top of the burnt offering on the altar.
15Â Aaron then brought the offering that was for the people. He took the goat for the people’s sin offering and slaughtered it and offered it for a sin offering as he did with the first one.
16Â He brought the burnt offering and offered it in the prescribed way. 17Â He also brought the grain offering, took a handful of it and burned it on the altar in addition to the morning’s burnt offering.
18Â He slaughtered the ox and the ram as the fellowship offering for the people. His sons handed him the blood, and he splashed it against the sides of the altar. 19Â But the fat portions of the ox and the ram–the fat tail, the layer of fat, the kidneys and the long lobe of the liver– 20Â these they laid on the breasts, and then Aaron burned the fat on the altar. 21Â Aaron waved the breasts and the right thigh before the Lord as a wave offering, as Moses commanded.
22Â Then Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them. And having sacrificed the sin offering, the burnt offering and the fellowship offering, he stepped down.
23Â Moses and Aaron then went into the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. 24Â Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.
The Death of Nadab and Abihu
10Â Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. 2Â So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. 3Â Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke of when he said:
“‘Among those who approach me
I will be proved holy;
in the sight of all the people
I will be honored.’”
Aaron remained silent.
4Â Moses summoned Mishael and Elzaphan, sons of Aaron’s uncle Uzziel, and said to them, “Come here; carry your cousins outside the camp, away from the front of the sanctuary.” 5Â So they came and carried them, still in their tunics, outside the camp, as Moses ordered.
6Â Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not let your hair become unkempt and do not tear your clothes, or you will die and the Lord will be angry with the whole community. But your relatives, all the Israelites, may mourn for those the Lord has destroyed by fire. 7Â Do not leave the entrance to the tent of meeting or you will die, because the Lord’s anointing oil is on you.” So they did as Moses said.
8Â Then the Lord said to Aaron, 9Â “You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, 10Â so that you can distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, 11Â and so you can teach the Israelites all the decrees the Lord has given them through Moses.”
12Â Moses said to Aaron and his remaining sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, “Take the grain offering left over from the food offerings prepared without yeast and presented to the Lord and eat it beside the altar, for it is most holy. 13Â Eat it in the sanctuary area, because it is your share and your sons’ share of the food offerings presented to the Lord; for so I have been commanded. 14Â But you and your sons and your daughters may eat the breast that was waved and the thigh that was presented. Eat them in a ceremonially clean place; they have been given to you and your children as your share of the Israelites’ fellowship offerings. 15Â The thigh that was presented and the breast that was waved must be brought with the fat portions of the food offerings, to be waved before the Lord as a wave offering. This will be the perpetual share for you and your children, as the Lord has commanded.”
16Â When Moses inquired about the goat of the sin offering and found that it had been burned up, he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s remaining sons, and asked, 17Â “Why didn’t you eat the sin offering in the sanctuary area? It is most holy; it was given to you to take away the guilt of the community by making atonement for them before the Lord. 18Â Since its blood was not taken into the Holy Place, you should have eaten the goat in the sanctuary area, as I commanded.”
19Â Aaron replied to Moses, “Today they sacrificed their sin offering and their burnt offering before the Lord, but such things as this have happened to me. Would the Lord have been pleased if I had eaten the sin offering today?” 20Â When Moses heard this, he was satisfied.
The Authority of Jesus Questioned
27Â They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. 28Â “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”
29Â Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30Â John’s baptism–was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”
31Â They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32Â But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ â€¦” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)
33Â So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
The Parable of the Tenants
12Â Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 2Â At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3Â But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4Â Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. 5Â He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.
6Â “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
7Â “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8Â So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
9Â “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10Â Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture:
“‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
11Â the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
12Â Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.