SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Today we read about the wardrobe prescribed for Aaron, who was a priest. In that time, a priest was someone who went to God on behalf of the people they represented. This means that Aaron would periodically go into an area of the Tabernacle where the presence of God would physically dwell. The priest would make sacrifices on behalf of the people he represented and serve as a messenger of sorts between God and his people.
- Like directions given in previous chapters of Exodus, Aaron's wardrobe design is spelled out here in great detail. Every part of it is to be made of the finest material, from the ephod (which was an apron-like garment worn by priests of the time) to the underwear.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- Because Jesus came to create the opportunity for us to each have a personal relationship directly with God, we don't have to rely on any one person to talk to God on our behalf. In a sense, we are each a priest; we can interact directly with God. We get to share our lives with him: we can talk to him whenever we want, tell him how we're feeling, confess to him the wrong things we've done, and ask for his help.
- In the New Testament, which documents Jesus' life and the lives of his followers, we read about a different kind of wardrobe that we are to don. Ephesians 6:14-18 instructs followers of Jesus to "dress" ourselves not with the finest of linens but instead with intangible qualities that help us to do a better job of loving God and loving people. Before Jesus, priests had to wear their finest clothes in an effort to meticulously follow specifications set forth by God. Since Jesus came and invited each of his followers into a personal relationship with God, we can instead focus on living righteously, loving people, and growing closer to him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Like Aaron the Priest, you can talk freely to God. If you're still exploring faith, ask God to show you that he is real. If you've decided to follow God, take time today to talk to him about the things you're experiencing in life, both good and bad. God loves us and wants us to share our lives with him; the more you can make him part of your day, the closer to him you will grow.
- What qualities are you "wearing"? Does God's love show through in your daily interactions, or are there parts of your life you are struggling to hand over to him? Ask God to show you how you can better "wear the garment" of his love to do a better job of loving him and loving people.