Make Tunics, Sashes and Headbands
for Aaron's Sons

28:40-41 and 39:27-29

    DIG: Why were Aaron’s son’s priestly clothing different from their father’s?

    REFLECT: What must you have under your belt to serve God? A pure heart? A spiritual gift? A love of righteousness? A love for Him? A willing spirit?

    The LORD commanded Moses to make tunics, sashes and headbands for Aaron's sons, to give them dignity and honor. Undergarments, tunics (or long robes) and sashes (or belts) of finely twisted white linen were to be made for Aaron’s sons (28:40). Their headbands, however, were different. The term turban from 28:37 is not used here, because the Hebrew word for headbands is a completely different word. These headbands of the common priests were not as majestic as the one for the high priest. There was no engraved plate of pure gold on their foreheads (see 28:36-38). Nevertheless, the headbands, tunics and sashes were greatly valued. The five inch wide sash was beautiful and made of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, the work of an embroiderer. Their clothing added dignity and honor to the priesthood and increased the people’s appreciation for them and for God.635

    After you put these clothes on your brother Aaron and his sons, anoint and ordain them. Consecrate them so they may serve Me as priests (28:41). After their clothes were put on them, they were dedicated to God for His service. Without these garments they could not serve as priests, they were an external sign of the priesthood. Then they were anointed with some of the oil of dedication and some of the blood from the bronze altar. A combination of oil and blood was sprinkled on their clothes (29:21). That set them apart for the ministry which they would undertake.


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