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In Case You Missed It -- Exodus 28-29, Psalm 47

Remember that Moses and Aaron are descendants of Levi, a son of Jacob. These two chapters in Exodus establish the Levites’ role as the priestly family for Israel moving forward. The priests are to offer sacrifices on behalf of Israel for the covering of sins and for participation in fellowship with God. Yet the priests themselves, set apart though they are, still must make preparation to stand before God with appropriate clothing (Exodus 28) and appropriate sacrifices (Exodus 29). It is easy to gloss quickly over these particulars as old information in order to turn our focus to Jesus, the great high priest who Himself is satisfactory to stand before God without sacrifices (Hebrews 4:14) and who now makes the church into a holy priesthood (1 Peter 2:4). Certainly, we should be thankful to Jesus that we no longer remain under the old priesthood; but as you read, consider the careful attention put into the tabernacle system and the way the priests’ garments are an extension of that same system. Consider how finely detailed the garments needed to be lest any high priest die (Exodus 28:43). God’s Holiness—His complete uniqueness—would consistently bear upon the priests and Israel in their worship of God. When we fail to see the great disparity between God and ourselves that these elements convey, we miss an opportunity to further admire Jesus’ total work on our behalf. Read the details and marvel that Jesus now gives you access, like Aaron enjoyed, to God’s throne room.

 

Jeremiah Vaught