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Leviticus 8:2

Adam Clarke
Bible Commentary

Take Aaron and his sons - The whole subject of this chapter has been anticipated in the notes, Exodus 28:1; (note), etc., and Exodus 29:1; (note), etc., in which all the sacrifices, rites, and ceremonies have been explained in considerable detail; and to those notes the reader is referred. It is only necessary to observe that Aaron and his sons were not anointed until now. Before, the thing was commanded; now, first performed.

Albert Barnes
Notes on the Whole Bible

A bullock … two rams … a basket - compare Exodus 29:1-3. This shows the coherence of this part of Leviticus with the latter part of Exodus. The basket of unleavened bread used on this occasion appears to have contained:

(1) cakes or loaves of the ordinary unleavened bread;

(2) cakes of oiled bread, rather, oil bread (see Leviticus 2:1, Leviticus 2:4); and

(3) oiled wafers (see Leviticus 2:4, Leviticus 2:6).

Rabbinical tradition says that there were six cakes of each sort.

Matthew Henry
Concise Bible Commentary
The consecration of Aaron and his sons had been delayed until the tabernacle had been prepared, and the laws of the sacrifices given. Aaron and his sons were washed with water, to signify that they ought to purify themselves from all sinful dispositions, and ever after to keep themselves pure. Christ washes those from their sins in his own blood whom he makes kings and priests to our God, Re 1:5,6; and those that draw near to God must be washed in pure water, Heb 10:22. The anointing of Aaron was to typify the anointing of Christ with the Spirit, which was not given by measure to him. All believers have received the anointing.