You shall speak to all the skillful, whom I have filled with a spirit of skill, that they make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him for my priesthood. (Exodus 28:3)
Having dealt with elements of the physical dwelling place, God now focuses in on those who will be His priests.
The chapter also implies the intermediary role the priests are to play. Serving God and serving the people. The way God ornately dresses those that are to serve Him and how they are to be adorned is not just showing off. It’s embedded with representation of how those who serve God should be arrayed.
To see the care and attention God requires for the clothing of His priests is quite something. It also makes sense of why God called the children of Israel to leave Egypt with all the goodies the natives were only too happy to give them. The jewellery and other material wasn’t just something to look glamourous. It was to represent the splendour of what it is to serve the Lord God of wonder, beauty and splendour.
Being who you are is not so much showing off as showing out – it’s portraying and displaying to others the true identity. Where that’s concerned in serving the Lord that apparel notes the way that God treasures those who serve Him. It also highlights how treasured a position it is to be a priest.
Something so treasured then, is still treasured today in ways that are not so much about the clothes you wear as they are about who is represented and for His glorious purpose in the earth.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden