“Have Aaron your brother brought to you from among the Israelites, along with his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, so they may serve me as priests. Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron to give him dignity and honor. Tell all the skilled workers to whom I have given wisdom in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, for his consecration, so he may serve me as priest (Ex. 28:1-3).”
God chose Aaron and his sons to serve Himself as priests. God chose them, specifically! He gave them sacred garments to give them dignity and honor. Jesus Christ has come, set us apart, and gives us dignity and honor as we learn how to trust and follow Him! We have been specifically chosen and set apart too. Also, take notice of this: God used those whom He gave special skills. He used them to be a part of His work in Aaron’s family’s life. How awesome is that?!
God will use many. All who are willing. He will chose us and invite us to join in His big work that He’s doing!
I am reminded that everything served a purpose. Even the “church” bells ringing, as they entered the Holy Place (see Ex. 28:35). Because the bells were heard when He entered and exited the Holy Place, these priests (set apart for God) would live.
The breast piece was an important aspect of their priestly uniform. They said that it was involved in decision making. In Ephesians 6, we can see what it represents. The breastplate is of righteousness. Our decisions are so critical, when seeking to live with Jesus and choose righteousness (see Ex. 28:15a, Eph. 6:14-17).
In chapter 29, we are reminded of the importance of being consecrated. For Aaron and his sons, this was such an important event in their lives. This set the stage for the entire serving job they had been given.
Got Questions reminds us that…
The Bible tells believers to be a holy people, separate from the world: “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:17). Being consecrated is a critical component in our relationship to God and to those in the world.
See Romans 12:1-2
The consecration process was extensive. We are sinful people, and undeserving of standing in our Risen Lord’s presence. Aaron and his sons were equally unworthy, even if they were part of the twelve tribes. The consecration process requires much. Thanks be to the Lord Jesus Christ, we can be consecrated and set apart for God and His purposes. God wants us to walk in relationship with Him. This happens, because of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. He took our sins away!
He is the One who cleanses us from the inside – out. He is also the One who gives us faith to believe in hard times and to remember that we have been given a brand new life with Jesus Christ – our Lord!
God consecrates us, through Jesus Christ, to stand in His Presence and so that we may serve Him. He is our great Lord, and will fully direct us in our paths.
Feature image by Timon Studler.