January 27, 2007
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- 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.
- And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office.
- And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office.
- And they shall take gold, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen.
- And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and of purple, of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work.
- It shall have the two shoulderpieces thereof joined at the two edges thereof; and so it shall be joined together.
- And the curious girdle of the ephod, which is upon it, shall be of the same, according to the work thereof; even of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.
- And thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel:
- Six of their names on one stone, and the other six names of the rest on the other stone, according to their birth.
- With the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a signet, shalt thou engrave the two stones with the names of the children of Israel: thou shalt make them to be set in ouches of gold.
- And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial.
- And thou shalt make ouches of gold;
- And two chains of pure gold at the ends; of wreathen work shalt thou make them, and fasten the wreathen chains to the ouches.
- And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it.
- Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof.
- And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row.
- And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.
- And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.
- And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings.
- And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.
- And thou shalt make upon the breastplate chains at the ends of wreathen work of pure gold.
- And thou shalt make upon the breastplate two rings of gold, and shalt put the two rings on the two ends of the breastplate.
- And thou shalt put the two wreathen chains of gold in the two rings which are on the ends of the breastplate.
- And the other two ends of the two wreathen chains thou shalt fasten in the two ouches, and put them on the shoulderpieces of the ephod before it.
- And thou shalt make two rings of gold, and thou shalt put them upon the two ends of the breastplate in the border thereof, which is in the side of the ephod inward.
- And two other rings of gold thou shalt make, and shalt put them on the two sides of the ephod underneath, toward the forepart thereof, over against the other coupling thereof, above the curious girdle of the ephod.
- And they shall bind the breastplate by the rings thereof unto the rings of the ephod with a lace of blue, that it may be above the curious girdle of the ephod, and that the breastplate be not loosed from the ephod.
- And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually.
- And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron's heart, when he goeth in before the LORD: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually.
- And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue.
- And there shall be an hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent.
- And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about:
- A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about.
- And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the LORD, and when he cometh out, that he die not.
- And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD.
- And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be.
- And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.
- And thou shalt embroider the coat of fine linen, and thou shalt make the mitre of fine linen, and thou shalt make the girdle of needlework.
- And for Aaron's sons thou shalt make coats, and thou shalt make for them girdles, and bonnets shalt thou make for them, for glory and for beauty.
- And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office.
- And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach:
- And they shall be upon Aaron, and upon his sons, when they come in unto the tabernacle of the congregation, or when they come near unto the altar to minister in the holy place; that they bear not iniquity, and die: it shall be a statute for ever unto him and his seed after him.
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- And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them to hallow them, to minister unto me in the priest's office: Take one young bullock, and two rams without blemish,
- And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil: of wheaten flour shalt thou make them.
- And thou shalt put them into one basket, and bring them in the basket, with the bullock and the two rams.
- And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water.
- And thou shalt take the garments, and put upon Aaron the coat, and the robe of the ephod, and the ephod, and the breastplate, and gird him with the curious girdle of the ephod:
- And thou shalt put the mitre upon his head, and put the holy crown upon the mitre.
- Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.
- And thou shalt bring his sons, and put coats upon them.
- And thou shalt gird them with girdles, Aaron and his sons, and put the bonnets on them: and the priest's office shall be theirs for a perpetual statute: and thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons.
- And thou shalt cause a bullock to be brought before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the bullock.
- And thou shalt kill the bullock before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
- And thou shalt take of the blood of the bullock, and put it upon the horns of the altar with thy finger, and pour all the blood beside the bottom of the altar.
- And thou shalt take all the fat that covereth the inwards, and the caul that is above the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, and burn them upon the altar.
- But the flesh of the bullock, and his skin, and his dung, shalt thou burn with fire without the camp: it is a sin offering.
- Thou shalt also take one ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram.
- And thou shalt slay the ram, and thou shalt take his blood, and sprinkle it round about upon the altar.
- And thou shalt cut the ram in pieces, and wash the inwards of him, and his legs, and put them unto his pieces, and unto his head.
- And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the LORD: it is a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
- And thou shalt take the other ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram.
- Then shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his blood, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.
- And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: and he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons' garments with him.
- Also thou shalt take of the ram the fat and the rump, and the fat that covereth the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, and the right shoulder; for it is a ram of consecration:
- And one loaf of bread, and one cake of oiled bread, and one wafer out of the basket of the unleavened bread that is before the LORD:
- And thou shalt put all in the hands of Aaron, and in the hands of his sons; and shalt wave them for a wave offering before the LORD.
- And thou shalt receive them of their hands, and burn them upon the altar for a burnt offering, for a sweet savour before the LORD: it is an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
- And thou shalt take the breast of the ram of Aaron's consecration, and wave it for a wave offering before the LORD: and it shall be thy part.
- And thou shalt sanctify the breast of the wave offering, and the shoulder of the heave offering, which is waved, and which is heaved up, of the ram of the consecration, even of that which is for Aaron, and of that which is for his sons:
- And it shall be Aaron's and his sons' by a statute for ever from the children of Israel: for it is an heave offering: and it shall be an heave offering from the children of Israel of the sacrifice of their peace offerings, even their heave offering unto the LORD.
- And the holy garments of Aaron shall be his sons' after him, to be anointed therein, and to be consecrated in them.
- And that son that is priest in his stead shall put them on seven days, when he cometh into the tabernacle of the congregation to minister in the holy place.
- And thou shalt take the ram of the consecration, and seethe his flesh in the holy place.
- And Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
- And they shall eat those things wherewith the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them: but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy.
- And if ought of the flesh of the consecrations, or of the bread, remain unto the morning, then thou shalt burn the remainder with fire: it shall not be eaten, because it is holy.
- And thus shalt thou do unto Aaron, and to his sons, according to all things which I have commanded thee: seven days shalt thou consecrate them.
- And thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement: and thou shalt cleanse the altar, when thou hast made an atonement for it, and thou shalt anoint it, to sanctify it.
- Seven days thou shalt make an atonement for the altar, and sanctify it; and it shall be an altar most holy: whatsoever toucheth the altar shall be holy.
- Now this is that which thou shalt offer upon the altar; two lambs of the first year day by day continually.
- The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even:
- And with the one lamb a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil; and the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering.
- And the other lamb thou shalt offer at even, and shalt do thereto according to the meat offering of the morning, and according to the drink offering thereof, for a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
- This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee.
- And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.
- And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest's office.
- And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.
- And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God.
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Thought for the day:
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Exodus 28:2, states that the wardrobe of the High Priest was designed for "glory and for beauty". According to
verse 40, the priests' garments were designed "for glory and for beauty".
II Chronicles 3:6 tells us that when Solomon built the Temple, "he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty". Apparently, the Lord desires things to be done in a beautiful manner.
God is glorious, (
I Chron. 29:13) and completely holy (
Ex. 28:36). Therefore, our worship unto Him must reflect those characteristics. It must be filled with honor and worship, and it must be pure and beautiful. We live in a society today that places emphasis on the ugly. The arts are a tremendous illustration of this. Much of modern art is, in a general word, ugly. It has no form, and no purpose. While pretending to be "deep and thought provoking", it is, in fact, undecipherable and ludicrous. The more bizarre something appears, the more readily acceptable it becomes. The same is true in music. The beautiful, organized sounds of music composed generations ago have degenerated into a cacophony of drum beats, freelance guitar riffs, and unintelligible lyrics. Even the secular world has fallen from tunes with beautiful, romantic words to "songs" with coarse, vulgar language that no decent husband would ever serenade his beloved wife with. Modern fashion designers seem intent to out-do each other, not simply in a race to see who can reveal the most flesh, but also to see who can come up with the most outlandish style. One need only look at the teens and college students of our land to see the "ugly" phenomenon at work. Clothes that are ripped and discolored are at a premium. Outfits are worn in a slovenly manner. Young people who may have attractive physical features defile those features with numerous piercings and tattoos. Hair styles and colors which can only be classified as "weird" are seen on every street corner. Vile words spew from their lips in everyday conversation. Why has this trend occurred? Because our God is a God of beauty, and the unsaved world hates anything that pleases or reflects Jehovah.
Previously we looked at the verse,
"worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness" (
I Chron 16:29). God's own glory and holiness require us to worship Him in that fashion. "Ugly" music, art, dress, and adornments have no place in a Bible-believing church nor in the lives of God's children.
Phil. 4:8 commands believers,
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
This must be done because God is True, Honest Just, Pure, Lovely, of Good Report, Virtuous, and Praiseworthy.
Holiness is always beautiful. It need not be expensive, stylish, nor popular, but it must be beautiful. How could we do any less for our wonderful Savior?
Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery