Exodus (Program #161) – The Workers of the Tabernacle, the Furniture and the Priestly Garment – Skillful Works, the Workmanship
God’s calling is a wonderful and mysterious thing. He calls many people to many different works. But the highest call to all of His people, regardless of our personal interests or desires is to be fully occupied in the building up of His habitation. In the Old Testament it was first the tabernacle and later the temple. But today this building work and our calling is related to the church.
Exodus (Program #130) – The Sanctification of Aaron and His Sons to be the Priests (1) Sin Offering, Empty Hands
The priests in the Old Testament had to meet three basic requirements to qualify for their lofty service. First they had to be born of the proper lineage then they needed to be clothed with the priestly garments and finally they had to have their hands full of the offerings. What’s interesting is that requirements for being a priest today in the New Testament are really the same. This is mysterious, yet it is too marvelous.
Exodus (Program #129) – The Priestly Garments (16) Golden Plate
The high priest that served God in the tabernacle in the Old Testament was adorned with a golden crown, upon which were engraved the words “Holy to Jehovah”. This top most piece of the priestly garment connected the priest himself and the garment to God’s holiness. As the real New Testament priests how are we connected to God’s holiness?
Exodus (Program #128) – The Priestly Garments (15) Robe
The Bible tells us that Christ is the embodiment or the expression of God. No one has ever seen God, but the Son of God has given Him expression. Without an expression, how could God ever be known? A wonderful type of God’s expression is seen in Exodus in the beautiful garments that the priests serving in the tabernacle were required to wear. We will look more at this divine expression in this life study of the Bible.
We are looking at the robe particularly today as we continue this examination that has gone on for many programs, some weeks actually of the garments of the priest. We saw initially that the instructions for this priestly garment came from God Himself, Jehovah as He was giving so many instructions to Moses on Mount Sinai. To really pick up the spiritual essence of these items of the garment, first we need to realize that in the Bible garments always signify outward expression. How does that principle apply to the complicated priestly garment we have been looking at?
The garment worn by the high priest in the Old Testament gives us a wonderful picture of many aspects of Christ. But the breastplate that was the outer-most item of the priestly garment also gives us a picture of God’s redeemed people, the church and how God conveys His word and will to man through the church.
Exodus (Program #126) – The Priestly Garments (12) Urim and Thummin for Joshua, Eleazar, Aaron
It was recently reported, that although sales for the Bible has actually increased in recent years, reading the Bible is at an all time low. The reasons given by most people for not reading the Bible that they own is that they simply don’t understand the Bible. Well, we all experience not being able to understand the Bible from time to time. Many of the Old Testament books are difficult. But when we are given the keys to unlock all the marvelous types and pictures that are given to us in the Old Testament becomes a brand new book. More of those keys are waiting for us today.
Exodus (Program #125) – The Priestly Garments (10 & 11) Urim and Thummin
There is a very tender picture of our Lord Jesus holding His redeemed ones in love in the Old Testament book of Exodus. This picture matches the New Testament revelation as well as our own experience of being held by His love. But the picture in the Old Testament reveals that God’s people are not only held by His love, they are also upheld by His strength.
This week we have been looking at Ephod and the 3 items that were attached to it or added to it in the priest’s garment. These are the two shoulder pieces that had onyx stones attached and then also the breast plate worn in front by the priest. This piece also contains precious stones, 12 of them actually. We seen that the Ephod, this vest-like outer garment is a clear picture of Jesus Christ. What are these added items, these precious stone items signify?
Exodus (Program #124) – The Priestly Garments (9) Memorial Before God, Rings, Chains, Fine Linen
All genuine believers in Christ should have the sense that they are being upheld or born by Him. This is the intimate part of our experience of the loving Savior; to sense that He is bearing us. But not only does Christ hold us or bear us individually, the Bible reveals that the way in which Christ bear His people primarily is corporately. We will see the High Priest bearing the tribe of Israel on His breast and shoulder.
Exodus (Program #123) – The Priestly Garments (8) Lord’s Leading, the Church
The church of God was not manifested until the New Testament age. It occupies many pages even chapters of New Testament scripture. Though was never spoken of directly in the Old Testament, the pictures and types of the church embedded in the Old Testament are the richest and finest.
We have been looking at the details of the priestly garments from Exodus 28. We come to an item today called the breastplate. It is described in verses 15 and 16 of chapter 28 in Exodus. Verse 15 “You shall make a breastplate of judgment, the work of a skillful workman like the work of the Ephod you shall make it, of gold, blue, and purple and scarlet and fine twined linen you shall make it.”
Exodus (Program #122) – The Priestly Garments (7) Held to the Lord, Transformation, Onyx Stone
The details that God revealed to Moses regarding the design and furnishings of the tabernacle convey a lot of spiritual insights into our own experience of Christ and the Christian life. In a similar way, Jehovah was careful and very specific as He revealed all the items that the High Priest had to wear in conducting the priestly service in the tabernacle. Among these items, six in total, the Ephod is most mysterious and full of marvelous, spiritual meaning. We return today for another look at the priestly garments.