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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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Aaron and his sons were to represent the people before the Lord. The priesthood would serve from this time forward as mediators among a nation of Israel that was designated by God as a “kingdom of priests” (Ex 19:5, 6).  As God is most holy, only the priesthood and Moses could approach God within the courtyard of the sanctuary. Their garments were exquisitely made “for glory,” not to puff them up, but to accentuate and elevate their office before the people. The priestly garments were made to harmonize with the elaborate, beautiful tapestries of the sanctuary. Their garments also represented the desire that God has for each of His people to harmonize their inner selves with the character of the sanctuary and with the God that it represented.

 

The breast plate worn by the high priest was known as the “breastplate of judgment” because it bore the Urim and Thummim through which God communicated His will. The breastplate carried twelve jems bearing the names of the 12 tribes of Israel.  There is great significance in God’s remembrance of His people whom he regards as His precious gems.  His church is as a bride adorned “with jewels” (Isa 61:10) and considered His treasure.  Did you know you were a prized treasure, precious in the sight of the Lord? God loves you with an everlasting love. He desires today to be invited into your heart. Are you willing to invite Him in?

 

Michael Hasel

Southern Adventist University