The Selection of Aaron and His Sons as Priests

28: 1-5

    DIG: What was the purpose for the special garments for Aaron and his sons? Could they have done their job effectively without them? Why do you think so? How would each item and its color serve to dignify their role?

   REFLECT: What priestly garments does your minister wear? Does he dress differently from the congregation? Why or why not?

    God instructed Moses to select Aaron as high priest, but not until the work of constructing the Tabernacle was completed. Have Aaron your brother brought to you from among the Israelites, along with his sons Nadab and Abidhu, Eleazar and Ithamar, so they may serve Me as priests (28:1). The priests who were to officiate in the ministry of the Tabernacle were Aaron and his four sons. Later Nadab and Abihu died when they offered unauthorized fire to the altar of incense (Leviticus 10:1-2). As a result, the Aaronic priesthood continued through his two younger sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, who succeeded his father as high priest (Numbers 3:4).

    Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron, to give him dignity and honor (28:2). The sacred garments for the high priest were set apart from common clothing to elevate the office and to give him dignity and honor. This would serve as a constant reminder of God’s holiness.617 The garments were to be worn only when they served in the Tabernacle (35:19). Tell all the skilled men 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 (28:3). They were to be made by Bezalel and Oholiab and their associates (see Ew - The Appointment of Bezalel and Oholiab).

    These are the garments they are to make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a woven tunic, a turban and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for our brother Aaron and his sons, so they may serve Me as priests. Have them use gold and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and fine linen (28:4-5). They were to use the various colors of blue, purple and scarlet yarn used in construction of the Tabernacle, but with one significant addition. Strands of pure gold, cut from thin sheets of the precious metal (39:3), were to be worked into the fine linen from which the two main garments, the ephod and the breastpiece, were made.


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