October 24 Exodus 28:1-14
October 24 Exodus 28:1-14
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28 “Then bring near to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the people of Israel, to serve me as priests—Aaron and Aaron's sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 2 And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. 3 You shall speak to all the skillful, whom I have filled with a spirit of skill, that they make Aaron's garments to consecrate him for my priesthood. 4 These are the garments that they shall make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a coat of checker work, a turban, and a sash. They shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and his sons to serve me as priests. 5 They shall receive gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen.
6 “And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and of fine twined linen, skillfully worked. 7 It shall have two shoulder pieces attached to its two edges, so that it may be joined together. 8 And the skillfully woven band on it shall be made like it and be of one piece with it, of gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen. 9 You shall take two onyx stones, and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel, 10 six of their names on the one stone, and the names of the remaining six on the other stone, in the order of their birth. 11 As a jeweler engraves signets, so shall you engrave the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel. You shall enclose them in settings of gold filigree. 12 And you shall set the two stones on the shoulder pieces of the ephod, as stones of remembrance for the sons of Israel. And Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord on his two shoulders for remembrance. 13 You shall make settings of gold filigree, 14 and two chains of pure gold, twisted like cords; and you shall attach the corded chains to the settings.
Why do you think God appointed special priests?
Why do you think was God so specific about how the clothing for the priests was made?
God’s standards were high for the priests clothing they wore as they ministered to Him. Do you think His standards have changed?
Heavenly Father, when I read these verses and see the detail that went into the garments just like the detail that went into the tabernacle, I can’t help but wonder if we have become too lax in how we come to You. I know You don’t care what we are wearing as much as You do the condition of our hearts, but I wonder if the condition of our hearts shouldn’t desire to give You our very best, even in the way we dress. I don’t mean that we should dress in expensive clothes, but more that we should dress respectful of You, since we are coming to You to worship You. I do believe we worship differently depending on how we prepare to come into Your presence. That could mean our clothing, or our prayers, definitely our attitude. I just can’t seem to get past how perfect and precise You wanted things. You are a precise God and not one to give us Your leftovers, but it seems like so often I give You my leftovers. I know You don’t expect us to spend all our money on clothes for church, but again, I don’t want to give You my worst. Help me see how You would have me prepare to worship You, and how to give You my very best each and every day.
In Jesus’ name.