Exodus 28

Exodus 28 is all about the preparation God instructs Moses to have done for Aaron and his sons, priests of God’s Holy Place.  “Then bring near to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the people of Israel, to serve me as priests”.  God has called them to serve Him and be the ones who manage the tabernacle and the worship.   Aaron and his sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, were tasked with leading the worship and intercession before God.  They have a very special and important job.

God wants them clothed in a very specific way.  Once again we see God as One who is all about details.  He tells Moses to bring together “the skillful, whom I have filled with a spirit of skill” as they are to make the robes and clothes that Aaron and his sons were to wear.  There are extremely detailed instructions provided by God, and Moses isn’t to get just anyone to make these garments.  God has given specific skills to some that are to be tasked with the job.  And they are to be provided the resources they need of “gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen”.

But beside the clothing which God wants worn, he also makes it clear that Aaron and his sons have some very specific tasks they need to complete.  “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”.  Aaron is an intercessor for the people.  He is to come into God’s presence and bring the people to God’s remembrance.  But beyond that, “Aaron shall bear the judgment of the people of Israel on his heart before the Lord regularly”.  It is a big responsibility.

There is a specific golden bell that Aaron is to wear as he serves the Lord.  It isn’t optional.  God says “And it shall be on Aaron when he ministers, and its sound shall be heard when he goes into the Holy Place before the Lord, and when he comes out, so that he does not die”.  Pretty serious requirement.  But Aaron has a very serious role.  As priest, he stands between God and the people.  He is the messenger that must bring the people and their sins to a Holy God but also carry back God’s instruction and commands.  He along with his sons are the only ones God has appointed to that role.  Failure is not an option!

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