Exodus, Chapter 28

Saturday, July 4

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Exodus, Chapter 28

Reflect

The instructions for the Tabernacle have been given. Now in preparation for the ordination of Aaron as High Priest and his sons as priests, the description of their vestments and insignias are given. Aaron’s clothing is ancillary to his fundamental task: to bear the names of the twelve tribes of Israel into the presence of God and enable the dedication of Israel. The finest of materials of gold, blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and fine linen are used. Only the most precious and beautiful adornments are to come before God. The gold signet on Aaron’s turban proclaims, “Holy to the Lord.” Psalm 132:8-9 describes the placement of the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies:

Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting place,

    you and the ark of your might.

Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,

    and let your faithful shout for joy.

The vestments are clothing the priests with righteousness so they can present Israel to God so that Israel might be declared righteous. In Hebrews 4:14 Christ takes the role of the High Priest. As the new High Priest, Christ bears our names before God making us righteous.

Respond

Paul uses the metaphor of clothing: “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14) and “as many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Galatians 3:27). As the priesthood of all believers, we put on Christ especially as we worship connecting with and participating with the living God. When I place the stole over my head before worship, I remind myself that the stole is the yoke of Christ. Being yoked with Christ enables the worship to be Christ centered.

Pray

Gracious and loving heavenly Father, only you are holy. Because we are clothed with Jesus Christ, we humbly come before you. In all that we think, say, and do this day, may it be to your honor and glory. May we walk and delight in your will through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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