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Scripture reading for January 29th: Exodus 28-31
A priest’s job is to mediate between men and God. Men who are dealing with God must be holy and proper. “These are the garments they are to make: A breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a woven tunic, a turban and a sash. They are to make them for your brother Aaron and his sons so they may serve Me as priests.” (Exodus 28:4)
The ephod was to be made by a skilled craftsman of gold, purple and scarlet yarn–finely made linen. The colors represented heaven and royalty and blood sacrifice. On each shoulder was placed an onyx stone engraved with the names of six sons of Israel. The priest was to carry their names before the Lord as he ministered.
The breastpiece contained two special stones. (Exodus 28:30) These stones were to enable Aaron to make godly decisions in accordance with God’s will. These stones’ names meant “lights” and “perfections”. They have to do with the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden only in God.
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) It signified holy separation to God.
The New Testament teaches that Jesus Christ is our High Priest forever living to make intercession for us! (Hebrews 7:23-25) He carries our names on his breastpiece like precious stones and we are 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) He offered Himself as the sacrifice for our sins. He is a man, priest and king!
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16