The Tabernacle In The Wilderness - The High Priest And His Garments - Final (by Pastor Linda Pugsley)
(Summation of the role of the High Priest in Jesus and today is found in Hebrews 8:1-2 and 6-8, Hebrews 9:2-15 and 24-28.)
The garments of the High Priest were specially selected by God to be symbolic of the character of Christ and thus the example we are to follow and live out in our lives as the High Priests of today.
The white trousers were worn underneath all of the garments symbolizing the purity we are to have underneath all we do. It also portrayed the sense of modesty and decency we should possess in worshipping God in holiness.
The tunic (coat) was worn under the other garments. It was also white, denoting the purity required in the priesthood and the purity we must still exhibit.
The sash was only worn on the Day of Atonement which denoted a girding of the loins ... a strengthening of the body portion where life is produced and eventually developed.
The blue tunic (robe) was a seamless garment depicting the timelessness of God – no beginning, no end. And on the bottom of the tunic were bells, symbolizing the ringing out of the good news of the gospel. In between the bells were sewn pomegranates of yarn. The pomegranates symbolized the fruitfulness of Jesus and acted as a “pad” that prevented discord from the bells clashing with each other. (Hmmm … maybe the churches of today should review that one!)
The turban was made of fine linen covering the head as the symbol of holiness and righteousness. The covering of the head signified subjection. Jesus, our Head, was always in subjection to His Father, always submitting to His will and not His own – the example we must follow.
The Sacred Diadem was placed on the turban on the forehead. The inscription on this plate was “Holy to the Lord”. Do we live today as if that sign were plastered on our foreheads?
We are the High Priests of today. We do not wear the physically evident garments of the priesthood of old. But we should be wearing the spiritual garments of the new covenant with our lives manifesting the meaning of each and every article of clothing each and every day.
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