What do your clothes say about you?
I'm not a fashion guru at all, but more importantly I am a child of God.
More importantly, I am a child of the Light and have been called to walk in that Light (Ephesians 5:8) so that others would be able to find God through the light my life shines (Matthew 5:14, 16).
The choices I make with the clothes I wear should bear witness to my identity and calling. There should be a definite contrast between the clothes I wear versus the clothes worn by those living in and for the world.
Today in Exodus 28 we see the instructions God gave Moses concerning the garments of Aaron, the High Priest, and his sons who would minister as priests alongside him. Let me encourage you to do a study of what each piece of those garments mean and you will find Jesus and His ministry pictured throughout! It is very exciting!
Here is something I found in the David Guzik Commentary on the Bible during my study time comparing the clothing worn by Jesus when He completed his wonderful priestly work on our behalf and the garments worn by the High Priest.
1. Jesus wore no beautiful ephod - only a purple robe for mocking.
2. Jesus had no precious gems on His shoulders - only a cross that we deserved.
3. Jesus had no breastplate with "Israel on His heart", yet He died of a broken heart for Israel - and all of mankind.
4. As the High Priest, Jesus had a seamless robe that was not torn, but it was stripped away at the cross.
5. Jesus had no delicate sound of bells proving that the High Priest was alive, only the sound of pounding nails ensuring our High Priest's death.
6. Jesus wore no fine linen turban, rather a painful crown of thorns.
7. Jesus had no headplate reading HOLINESS TO THE LORD, but a life and death showing nothing but holiness to the LORD!
8. Jesus had no linen trousers to hide His nakedness, rather He bore our sins on the cross in a naked shame.
WOW! Praise the name of Jesus - our High Priest!!
Think about THIS when you decide what you are going to wear today! I know I will!!
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Scripture: Exodus 27:20-21
20 “And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually. 21 In the tabernacle of meeting, outside the veil which is before the Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening until morning before the Lord. It shall be a statute forever to their generations on behalf of the children of Israel.
Observations: God gave these instructions to Moses for the care of the lampstand. With the pure oil of pressed olives there would be no smoke as the oil burned. The lampstand was the only source of light in the Holy Place and had to burn continually. Aaron and his sons were to tend the lampstand from evening until morning to ensure the light would not go out. With its light shining on the table of showbread and the altar of incense, Aaron and his sons (priests) would be able to fellowship with God and intercede on behalf of the Israelites.
Application: Jesus is the “true light that gives light to every man” (John 1:9). He came into this world to give light so that we would not have to live in spiritual darkness anymore and so that we could fellowship with God. Ephesians 5:8 says we are now “children of light”, and calls us to walk as children of light. We draw our light from Jesus as we abide in Him. Jesus is represented by the main branch of the lampstand, and we as believers are represented by the six branches that spring forth from the main branch. These branches serve to remind us of our relationship with Jesus, “I am the vine, you are the branches…apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5). When we remain connected with the true Light, we can fulfill our calling given to us by Jesus in Matthew 5:14, 16 “You are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.”
Kneel: Heavenly Father, I am amazed at the detail You used in the tabernacle that points to the true Light of the world, Jesus Christ. I pray that we would walk as children of light so that others who are walking in spiritual darkness would come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Help us to daily spend time in the presence of the Lord and to remain in Him so that we can do all that we have been called to do as Your children of light. In the life saving name of Jesus I pray. Amen!
Wednesday, January 11, 2015
Scripture: Exodus 28:36-38
36 “You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet: HOLINESS TO THE LORD. 37 And you shall put it on a blue cord, that it may be on the turban; it shall be on the front of the turban. 38 So it shall be on Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things which the children of Israel hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall always be on his forehead, that they may be accepted before the Lord.
Observations: The turban worn by Aaron the High Priest has a pure gold plate with the inscription, “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” engraved on it. It was to be worn when he brought the holy gifts of the children of Israel to the Lord so that He would accept them.
Application: Holiness is the power of a life separated to God. We have access to this power through the Holy Spirit that we are given at the time of our salvation. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is now alive and active in our lives (Romans 8:11)! Hebrews 4:12 tells us to “pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” We must strive for holiness – purity in our lives – that has been provided once and for all through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that makes us accepted by God (Hebrews 10:10).
Kneel: Heavenly Father, thank You so much for the grace given to us by the power of Your Holy Spirit that enables us to be who You created us to be and to do all that You have called us to do. May we seek to live our lives through the power of Your grace at work within us so that others would see our good works and glorify Your name and come into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ! Help us to pursue a holy life by continually being in Your Word in order to know what a life that is surrendered to you looks like. Help us to pursue a holy life through prayer whereby we call on the power of the Holy Spirit living within us that is able to quicken our bodies to live in submission to Your will. I magnify and glorify Your holy name, Father! I pray and ask this all in the life-changing name of Jesus. Amen!
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