Today's passage: Exodus 28
- Aaron and his sons are chosen by God to serve as priests. Instructions are given concerning their official clothing/garments.
- Aaron's garments were designed by God to symbolize the role of the priest, to bring the people before the Lord and for the Lord to watch over His people.
- It is not entirely clear what the Urim and Thummim were. But they were used at times through the Old Covenant to seek out the Lord's choice or decision on certain issues (Numbers 27:21, 1 Samuel 28:6).
Questions to consider:
- What things can we be learning about God as we read through the details of His commands for Israel as they set up worship in the Tabernacle? Was there purpose behind the things He commanded? What purposes could we find?
- What kind of work did God want done on these items (e.g. verse 3 and 15)? If they were thrown together, would they have been obediently and worshipfully done? How does God command us to love Him and glorify Him (Mark 12:30-31, 1 Corinthians 10:31)? How can these principles feed our desire to pursue excellence in what we do?
- The priests were to be dressed this way to perform an incredibly important task, to intercede on behalf of the people in making sacrifice for sin. What was the true “garment” that Christ needed to be our priest and our sacrifice…and then clothe us so that we could be in the presence of God (Isaiah 61:10)?