Exodus 28 Commentary
We need to be reminded that Moses is still up the mountain. He is still receiving instructions. The process will take 40 days.
This chapter starts with the dress code for Aaron and his sons. We learn here that in addition to hiding nakedness, clothes can project dignity and importance. I guess the world today is lacking in both objectives.
The design for the ephod is detailed here. It’s part of the dress code for priests. Of great importance is the engraving of names of Israel’s children. A priest must carry the thought of God’s people at all times, in bold print. I guess it’s one function we carry quite poorly. The world is increasingly individualistic and so the church is similarly becoming individualistic. The ephod was very similar to the apron in design.
The Breast piece was a square pocket with special stones (jewels) arranged in three rows of four items per row on the surface, representing the 12 tribes of Israel. Inside the pocket were two stones, the Urim and Thummim. The stones were used for decision making. It was attached to the ephod by strings.
Other vestments are detailed in this chapter. Dressing can have a purpose. It can bring shame to God’s holy name but in can also bring honor and reverence to the LORD’S name.
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