Reading through the Bible together
The priestly garments and crown were beautiful as they served as a reminder of God’s kingdom to come. These things were a reminder of a promise and covenant God had with his people. Each person who receives Christ’s salvation will wear a similar garment in heaven and our new name and “Holiness to the Lord” inscribed upon our crown just as it was in the priestly crown (Our Father Cares, pp. 61-62). This garment did not make the earthly priests superior to any other person but rather showed they had been chosen to represent the people before God. The precious stones in the ephod had the names of every tribe inscribed in them. When Christ died he became the ultimate priest and the names of those who accept His blood are inscribed in the palm of His hands as He mediates in our behalf. “Christ will keep the names of all who count no sacrifice too costly to be offered to Him upon the altar of faith and love… The names of the obedient, self-sacrificing, and faithful will be engraven upon the palms of His hands… He will specially plead in their behalf before the Father." (Testimonies For The Church, 3:250-251)
Worshiping God would now focus on the most holy place. Here the names, of those who were repentant and accepted the substitution of their sins through the blood of Christ, would be presented before God. The sinner’s prayer, supplication, struggles, and desires were brought before God. The tabernacle in its entirety was a channel between man and God on earth. The worship established through the tabernacle was the means of communication between fallen man and God and a way to restore what was lost at the Garden of Eden.
Giselle Sarli Hasel
School of Visual Art and Design
Southern Adventist University