Dress for success!

Scripture reading for January 29th: Exodus 28-31

Exodus 28:36 “You shall make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet, ‘Holy to the Lord,’

A priest’s job is to mediate between men and God.  Men who are dealing with God must be holy and proper.  If those assigned and prepared for this job were not obedient, death could result and did on occasion!  (Leviticus 10:1-6)  Just as God gave great detail in how his Tabernacle would be built, He also gave great detail about the clothing of the men who would serve as priests in His house! 

The turban for Aaron’s head was made of fine linen.  It had a special gold plate with “Holy to the Lord” engraved on it.  Aaron was to wear that plate on the front of his turban whenever he ministered. (Exodus 28:36-39) This turban designated a head and mind dedicated to the holy purposes and Word of the Lord. The priest was to be consecrated to God.

He was given a breastplate to wear as well. On this square breastplate were to be placed twelve precious stones in four rows of three. These precious stones were to be engraved with the twelve names of the tribes of Israel. This signified that the High Priest would bear the names of God’s people before Him. Two other stones, the urim and thummin were  also in the breastplate, right over Aaron’s heart.  (Exodus 28:30) These stones were to enable Aaron to make godly decisions in accordance with God’s will.  They have to do with the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden only in God.

So it is that Jesus Christ is our High Priest forever living to make intercession for us!  (Hebrews 7:23-25)  He carries our names on His breastplate like precious stones over His heart.  In Him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! (Colossians 2:2-3) He stands as the only mediator between God and man. (1st Timothy 2:5-6)  Only Jesus is dressed to meet with God on our behalf! 

What does God see engraved on my forehead?  Do I understand the priesthood of believers and am I dressed to meet with God?  

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