The Priesthood: Garments for Glory and Beauty

And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons. And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty. Exodus 28:1‭-‬2 KJV

Our clothing say a lot about us. In Exodus 2:19, the daughters of Ruel reported to their father that an Egyptian delivered them out of the hands of the shepherds and helped to water their sheep. We know that Moses was not an Egyptian. There was no way he could argue that because he appeared as one. Our clothes say a lot about who we are. William Shakespeare says that the apparel oft proclaims the man. God knew that, so He makes a proclamation for how the Priest was to appear. This was to reflect their service and identity and to cast upon them dignity and honour. There are about seven pieces in this garment: the ephod, the breastplate, the robe,the head piece, the tunic, the head covering and the breeches. They may appear today as elaborate and bogus, but they served to identify and set apart the spiritual leaders from others at that time. This priestly work foreshadowed that of our eternal high Priest, even Jesus Christ( Heb.4:14 ). Andy Mcllree has done a christological exploration of this garments in his 2018 book: Garments of Glory, that does not require a repetition. We’ve been made Priests of God by our salvation ( 1Peter 3:3-4). What’s your dressing like? What shows in your character? Who do you really represent?

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