- Exo 28:1 – Selection of Aaron and his sons to minister to the Lord as Priests
- Exo 28:2-14 – The garment of Aaron
- Exo 28:15-21 – The breastplate
- Exo 28:22-30 – The fastening of the breastplate
- Exo 28:31-35 – When to wear the priestly garment
- Exo 28:36-38 – The Plate of Gold
- Exo 28:39-43 – The priestly garments for the sons of Aaron
Old Testament Priesthood
With the establishment of Ceremonial Law, came the need of the priesthood to perform the ceremonies. The priests were appointed by God to be the intermediaries between the people and God (Heb 5:1-4) and offered sacrifices for the propitiation of the sins of the people. This is why the names of the tribes of Israel were engraved on the stones of the breastplate.
New Testament Perspective
Looking at all this from a New Testament perspective, we can see that the ministry of the High Priest was a type of the ministry of Jesus (Heb 7, 8, 9 and 10).
These Old Testament forms of worship were given for that time and not as something for the present day church to imitate. They were shadows of better things to come (Heb 10:1). Further, there were major differences between the ministry of the High Priest and that of Jesus as is pointed out in Hebrews 5 and 7.
The High Priest Garment
The description of the High Priest garment is rather complex and is much better understood by looking at the drawings on this link.
Again, the different parts and material are associated with spiritual symbols but today we have the real thing and a better understanding as only in Jesus, the symbolism was accomplished and God’s requirements were fully met.
The Purpose of the Garment
These garments were made to give “glory and beauty” (Exo 28:2) but these were only external, not spiritual. Men look at outward appearances but God looks at the heart (1 Sam 6:17). The true “glory and beauty” that Jesus gives us is internal and spiritual. It gives us a new nature (2 Cor 5:17-18, Rom 9:23, 1 Cor 3:7, 2 Cor 3:9, 3:18, 1 Pet 3:4) and eternal life (John 3:15, 6:54, 10:28, 1 John 5:11).
What Is Your Experience?
If you have been involved in an outward oriented religion, you must know its lack of power. If you know Jesus, you also know the difference that He has made in your life. Please share your experience.
Prayer of Faith
Thank you Heavenly Father for the glory and beauty you give us through faith in Jesus. In the Old Testament men looked at the physical things for salvation but it did not work. Today many look at the mental things for salvation, but it does not work as well. I know that the only way is through faith in what Jesus has done and by walking in the Spirit that we can grow from faith to faith and glory to glory. I still have a long way to go, but I know that this works where everything else fails.
Holy Spirit help me to always keep my eyes on Jesus.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!
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