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Exodus 29:1-9

1 “Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them to minister as priests to Me: take one young bull and two rams without blemish, 2 and unleavened bread and unleavened cakes mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers spread with oil; you shall make them of fine wheat flour. 3 “You shall put them in one basket, and present them in the basket along with the bull and the two rams. 4 “Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the doorway of the tent of meeting and wash them with water. 5 “You shall take the garments, and put on Aaron the tunic and the robe of the ephod and the ephod and the breastpiece, and gird him with the skillfully woven band of the ephod; 6 and you shall set the turban on his head and put the holy crown on the turban. 7 “Then you shall take the anointing oil and pour it on his head and anoint him. 8 “You shall bring his sons and put tunics on them. 9 “You shall gird them with sashes, Aaron and his sons, and bind caps on them, and they shall have the priesthood by a perpetual statute. So you shall ordain Aaron and his sons.

Even though God had ordained that Aaron and his sons should have the priesthood in perpetuity, it was up to Aaron to pass down the traditions and customs of the priesthood. So it is with us as believers. God wants to bless our children forever, but He can only do so if we remember to pass on the baton, and “train up the child in the way that he should go.”

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40 “For Aaron’s sons you shall make tunics; you shall also make sashes for them, and you shall make caps for them, for glory and for beauty. 41 “You shall put them on Aaron your brother and on his sons with him; and you shall anoint them and ordain them and consecrate them, that they may serve Me as priests. 42 “You shall make for them linen breeches to cover their bare flesh; they shall reach from the loins even to the thighs. 43 “They shall be on Aaron and on his sons when they enter the tent of meeting, or when they approach the altar to minister in the holy place, so that they do not incur guilt and die. It shall be a statute forever to him and to his descendants after him.

The priesthood was a very special honor. As it says here, it meant you were anointed, ordained, and consecrated. You were set apart for God’s service. It ought to be a sobering thought then, that Paul says we are a “royal priesthood.” Who? All believers. We no longer have priests (unless you’re Roman-Catholic). We no longer need someone else to take our sins and sacrifice before God. We have direct communion with God. Wow. Wow Wow. That’s incredible. Don’t take it lightly.

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Exodus 28:36-39

36 “You shall also make a plate of pure gold and shall engrave on it, like the engravings of a seal, `Holy to the LORD.’ 37 “You shall fasten it on a blue cord, and it shall be on the turban; it shall be at the front of the turban. 38“It shall be on Aaron’s forehead, and Aaron shall take away the iniquity of the holy things which the sons of Israel consecrate, with regard to all their holy gifts; and it shall always be on his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.

39 “You shall weave the tunic of checkered work of fine linen, and shall make a turban of fine linen, and you shall make a sash, the work of a weaver.

Aaron had a continual reminder that he was to be “holy to the Lord.” But God calls each of us to no less. What reminds you to keep yourself holy? What reminds you that you are sanctified/set apart? Nothing? Find something.

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Exodus 28:31-35

31 “You shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue. 32 “There shall be an opening at its top in the middle of it; around its opening there shall be a binding of woven work, like the opening of a coat of mail, so that it will not be torn. 33 “You shall make on its hem pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet material, all around on its hem, and bells of gold between them all around: 34 a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, all around on the hem of the robe. 35 “It shall be on Aaron when he ministers; and its tinkling shall be heard when he enters and leaves the holy place before the LORD, so that he will not die.

It’s interesting that it says here, “so that he will not die.” I’ve always heard it said that the bells were a signal to those outside. If the tinkling sound stopped, they would know that the priest had sin in their life, and could pull him out. Perhaps both are true, and the bells were set in place to be a reminder to the priest before he ever entered God’s presence. A reminder that he must be pure and holy to enter in to the holy of holies. And a reminder of the consequences. Thus, as soon as the priest put the garment with the bells on, he would be reminded to check his heart and life for any impurities, and have the chance to make atonement. So that he would not die. What reminds you to check your heart? We have communion once a month when we do that very thing, but one ought to have something done daily (or more) as a reminder. Keep your heart, mind, and body pure before God, as a pleasing and holy sacrifice to God.

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Exodus 28:15-30

15 “You shall make a breastpiece of judgment, the work of a skillful workman; like the work of the ephod you shall make it: of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen you shall make it. 16 “It shall be square and folded double, a span in length and a span in width. 17 “You shall mount on it four rows of stones; the first row shall be a row of ruby, topaz and emerald; 18 and the second row a turquoise, a sapphire and a diamond; 19 and the third row a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst; 20 and the fourth row a beryl and an onyx and a jasper; they shall be set in gold filigree. 21 “The stones shall be according to the names of the sons of Israel: twelve, according to their names; they shall be like the engravings of a seal, each according to his name for the twelve tribes. 22 “You shall make on the breastpiece chains of twisted cordage work in pure gold. 23 “You shall make on the breastpiece two rings of gold, and shall put the two rings on the two ends of the breastpiece.24 “You shall put the two cords of gold on the two rings at the ends of the breastpiece. 25 “You shall put theother two ends of the two cords on the two filigree settings, and put them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod, at the front of it. 26 “You shall make two rings of gold and shall place them on the two ends of the breastpiece, on the edge of it, which is toward the inner side of the ephod. 27 “You shall make two rings of gold and put them on the bottom of the two shoulder pieces of the ephod, on the front of it close to the place where it is joined, above the skillfully woven band of the ephod. 28 “They shall bind the breastpiece by its rings to the rings of the ephod with a blue cord, so that it will be on the skillfully woven band of the ephod, and that the breastpiece will not come loose from the ephod. 29 “Aaron shall carry the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment over his heart when he enters the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually. 30 “You shall put in the breastpiece of judgment the 2Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be over Aaron’s heart when he goes in before the LORD; and Aaron shall carry the judgment of the sons of Israel over his heart before the LORD continually.

The priest had yet another reminder of who he was representing before God. This time, there was an additional facet to the reminder. It was the breastplate of judgment. It was to remind him of God’s judgment and what would happen without the priest atoning for the Israelites. It is a somber reminder to us of what will happen to our loved ones if they don’t accept Christ as their Savior. Pray for them daily, or more.

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Exodus 28:6-14

6 “They shall also make the ephod of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen, the work of the skillful workman. 7 “It shall have two shoulder pieces joined to its two ends, that it may be joined. 8“The skillfully woven band, which is on it, shall be like its workmanship, of the same material: of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen. 9 “You shall take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel, 10 six of their names on the one stone and the names of the remaining six on the other stone, according to their birth. 11 “As a jeweler engraves a signet, you shall engrave the two stones according to the names of the sons of Israel; you shall set them in filigree settings of gold. 12 “You shall put the two stones on the shoulder pieces of the ephod, as stones of memorial for the sons of Israel, and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD on his two shoulders for a memorial. 13 “You shall make filigree settings of gold, 14 and two chains of pure gold; you shall make them of twisted cordage work, and you shall put the corded chains on the filigree settings.

When Aaron went before God, he didn’t just represent himself. He was representing the entire nation of Israel, and the two onyx stones were a reminder of that. While we don’t have priests go to God for us, we that know God should go before Him on behalf of our unsaved friends, family, and anyone else God lays on our heart. We may not have onyx stones as reminders, but keep your ears open for God’s prompting. You never know who He might have you pray for.

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Exodus 28:1-5

1 “Then bring near to yourself Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the sons of Israel, to minister as priest to Me–Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons. 2 “You shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. 3 “You shall speak to all the skillful persons whom I have endowed with the spirit of wisdom, that they make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister as priest to Me. 4 “These are the garments which they shall make: a 1breastpiece and an ephod and a robe and a tunic of checkered work, a turban and a sash, and they shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and his sons, that he may minister as priest to Me. 5 “They shall take the gold and the blue and the purple and the scarlet material and the fine linen.

When Aaron came before God, he was to wear fine clothing, for ‘glory and beauty’. What does that mean to us? Does it mean we have to wear gold and scarlet and fine linen? Not necessarily. The women of Israel took it too far, and God used the prophets to tell them that all their fine garments and jewelry were as rags, because their hearts were not right. What it does mean, is that God expects us to honor Him in the way we dress. He doesn’t want us to be slobs when it comes to worshiping Him. However, the condition of your heart is still always more important to Him than your clothes.

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Exodus 27:9-21

9 “You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side there shall be hangings for the court of fine twisted linen one hundred cubits long for one side; 10 and its pillars shall be twenty, with their twenty sockets of bronze; the hooks of the pillars and their bands shall be of silver. 11 “Likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings one hundred cubits long, and its twenty pillars with their twenty sockets of bronze; the hooks of the pillars and their bands shall be of silver. 12For the width of the court on the west side shall be hangings of fifty cubits with their ten pillars and their ten sockets. 13 “The width of the court on the east side shall be fifty cubits. 14 “The hangings for the one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits with their three pillars and their three sockets. 15 “And for the other side shall be hangings of fifteen cubits with their three pillars and their three sockets. 16 “For the gate of the court there shall be a screen of twenty cubits, of blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen, the work of a weaver, with their four pillars and their four sockets. 17 “All the pillars around the court shall be furnished with silver bands with their hooks of silver and their sockets of bronze.18 “The length of the court shall be one hundred cubits, and the width fifty throughout, and the height five cubits of fine twisted linen, and their sockets of bronze. 19 “All the utensils of the tabernacle used in all its service, and all its pegs, and all the pegs of the court, shall be of bronze.

20 “You shall charge the sons of Israel, that they bring you clear oil of beaten olives for the light, to make a lamp burn continually. 21 “In the tent of meeting, outside the veil which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall keep it in order from evening to morning before the LORDit shall be a perpetual statute throughout their generations for the sons of Israel.

The lamp was another reminder. It was to remind them that God never sleeps or goes away. He is always present, and He is always active.

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Exodus 27:1-8

1 “And you shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide; the altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits. 2 “You shall make its horns on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with bronze. 3 “You shall make its pails for removing its ashes, and its shovels and its basins and its forks and its firepans; you shall make all its utensils of bronze. 4 “You shall make for it a grating of network of bronze, and on the net you shall make four bronze rings at its four corners. 5 “You shall put it beneath, under the ledge of the altar, so that the net will reach halfway up the altar. 6 “You shall make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. 7 “Its poles shall be inserted into the rings, so that the poles shall be on the two sides of the altar when it is carried. 8 “You shall make it hollow with planks; as it was shown to you in the mountain, so they shall make it.

Sometimes, God gives us a goal, and just tells us to go get it. Other times, He is very specific about what He wants, as is the case in this passage. Make sure you are listening closely, so that you can tell the difference, and obey His voice.

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Exodus 26:31-37

31 “You shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen; it shall be made with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman. 32 “You shall hang it on four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold, their hooks also being of gold, on four sockets of silver. 33 “You shall hang up the veil under the clasps, and shall bring in the ark of the testimony there within the veil; and the veil shall serve for you as a partition between the holy place and the holy of holies. 34 “You shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the holy of holies. 35 “You shall set the table outside the veil, and the lampstand opposite the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south; and you shall put the table on the north side.

36 “You shall make a screen for the doorway of the tent of blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen, the work of a weaver. 37 “You shall make five pillars of acacia for the screen and overlay them with gold, their hooks also being of gold; and you shall cast five sockets of bronze for them.

God is so holy, that the main part of the tabernacle wasn’t holy enough for Him. He designated the holy of holies to be the place where He would meet the High Priest once a year. Yet, once Christ died, we are told to come boldly before the throne of God. The awesome privilege afforded us by Christ’s death should not be taken lightly. God is no less holy; we are simply covered by the sacrifice of the perfect lamb. We gain entrance to the new holy of holies by the blood of Jesus himself.