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. 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 men who would serve in His house! They had to pay attention to detail again.
Two other stones, the urim and thummin were also in the breastpiece, right over Aaron’s heart. (Exodus 28:30) These stones were to enable Aaron to make godly decisions in accordance with God’s will. These stones’ names mean “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 also 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)
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 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, a mixture of earthly (He is a man) and heavenly (He is God). (1st Timothy 2:5-6) Let’s face it, Jesus is dressed to meet with God on our behalf! He is better than Aaron or his line because he lives forever. He is seated because his work is finished for our redemption. He is royalty in heaven and on earth! He offered Himself as the sacrifice for our sins. What a Savior!
One of the important lessons in this part of Scripture is this: are you dressed to meet with God? It is not so much a matter of clothes as it is of our heart. Are we going to Jesus as our way to the Father? Do we go in faith in His sacrifice? Are we going humbly? Are we seeking the proper attire of holiness? Examin yourself today and get dressed to meet with God!
“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 symphathize 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