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Dress up to meet God!

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

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Dressed to meet God!

Scripture reading for January 30th: 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 would result and did on occasion!  (Leviticus 10:1-6)  God gave great detail about the dress of men who would serve in His house!

The High priest was to wear a breastpiece with two stones, the urim and thummin, over his heart.  (Exodus 28:30) These stones were to enable Aaron to make godly decisions.  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 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) Jesus is dressed to meet with God on our behalf and He is better than Aaron or his line because he lives forever.  He is now seated because his work is finished for our redemption.  What a Savior!

Are you dressed to meet with God?  It is not so much a matter of clothes as it is of our heart.  Do we go in faith in His sacrifice?  Are we going humbly?  Are we seeking the proper attire of holiness?  Examine 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 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

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The Holy Garments

Scripture reading for January 29th: Exodus 28-31

One of the main duties of a priest is to represent men before God.  A priest must care for people and their needs and be able to help them connect with God.  Without help, we as humans are in a difficult position with our Creator.  We are born in sin and darkness, caring only about ourselves.  Our sins separate us from God and we have no way in ourselves to approach God.  (Isaiah 59:2)  But a priest who understands and knows God and is trained and equipped to contact God for us can bridge the gap!  God provided such a Priest in Jesus Christ!

The Levitical priesthood was to have special clothes made of fine linen.  These clothes were designed to give them dignity and honor before God and man.  (Exodus 28:2)  They must be properly dressed and their clothes were designed to help them with their work.  The first piece of clothing was the ephod made of gold, blue, purple and scarlet yarn.  This ephod was to be made by a skilled craftsman and fashioned to fit the priests.  Two black onyx stones engraved with the names of the twelve sons of Israel were to be fastened on the shoulder pieces of the ephod.  Aaron, the high priest, was to bear these as a memorial before the Lord. (Exodus 28: 12)

In addition to the ephod, a breastpiece was also part of the clothing.  This breastpiece was to be made like the ephod of the same kind of colored yarn.  It was to have twelve precious stones mounted on it in four rows of three stones each.  These stones each represented one of the sons of Israel and their offspring.  The priest was to bear these stones on his chest, symbolically carrying them on his heart before the Lord.  (Exodus 28:29)

Jesus Christ is now our High Priest.  He knows how we feel and represents our needs before God, His Father.  (Hebrews 4:14-16)  He carried our black sins on His shoulders to the altar of the cross. He carries each person as a precious jewel on his heart before the Father.   He is now dressed in robes of perfect righteousness because of perfect obedience.  He enables all who trust in Him to become priests as well!  He dresses us in His holy garments!  We become the righteousness of God in Him! (2nd Corinthians 5:21)

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Dressed to Meet with God!

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

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