Archive for August 29th, 2011

Exodus 28

Exodus 28 gives the specifics for Aaron and his sons who were called by God to be priests for the people.  Another example of how God is concerned with detail – He gives the design and use for these pieces:

–      “a breastpiece

–      an ephod

–      a robe

–      a coat of checker work

–      a turban

–      a sash

Some would say this is just another chapter that is TMI (too much information).  But as is always the case God places it in His Word for a reason.  Again to remind us that He cares about all things, and in this case, that He cares much about worship and how the people would remember the important stuff.

Part of the role that Aaron and sons would fulfill was to keep folks focused on God.  As He gave the details for the ephod, He instructs that “stones of remembrance” be placed on it so that “Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord on his two shoulders for remembrance”.  Does it seem strange to you that God needs to remind the people of who He is?  Does it seem unusual that after being led out of Egypt, walking through the Red Sea, being given the Ten Commandments and a host of other rather rememberable incidents they still struggle to remember?  But we are much the same and need to find ways to remember as well.  God has not changed. Same God, same love, same Book.  We would do well to learn ways to keep Him and His actions on the front of our mind.

On the breastplate there were to be 12 stones for the 12 tribes – another visual to keep the people focused including Aaron and the other priests.  We all chase shiny objects and can easily get lost in the weeds.  “Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment on his heart, when he goes into the Holy Place, to bring them to regular remembrance before the Lord”.  The job of the priest is to intercede for the people and the breastplate that God designed had reminders of them all so Aaron would remember.  We all need to find ways to record God’s faithfulness so we can also remember what He has done, and that we can share that with our children and grandchildren as well.

The job of priest has some pretty important significance.  How he approaches God is important too.  Aaron has some heavy responsibilities:

–      “Aaron shall bear the judgment of the people of Israel on his heart
before the Lord regularly

–      Aaron shall bear any guilt from the holy things that the people of
Israel consecrate as their holy gifts

This is not a job for the faint of heart.  He had to carry the problems of the people to the Lord.  He was the messenger and interceder.  He had a big job.  We often forget the requirements of the ministry.  Those who serve us need our encouragement and prayers.  They have a very important and demanding job.  We need to lift them up and come alongside them to help them carry the load.  Thanks to all who are willing to serve God and us in these important ways.

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