Decoration and Consecration
Overview of Exodus 28
In these last few chapters of Exodus God has given the blueprints of the tabernacle, but now he turns his attention to those who will minister in the tabernacle, the chosen priesthood. These priests are to be chosen from among the people and are set apart to serve God. This ultimately points to Jesus as our great high priest who took on our flesh and was raised up from among us. We now do not need a human priest. Jesus is the perfect representative for us, and so we can now come into Gods presence without fear. In these scriptures God ties the priests to the tabernacle by using the same elements used in the tabernacle for the priestly garments. This is to reflect the fact that our holiness comes from God and not from ourselves. We cannot clothe ourselves in our own righteousness by our own merit. Romans 3:9-13 There is no holiness apart from God. As Christians, because we seemingly do better does not mean we are better, this is self-righteousness. It's not about what we do or don't do; it’s about what Jesus has done.
1. What specifically did you get from the sermon this week?
- How has God convicted you through the message?
- How should you react because of this?
2. Does Jesus Christ represent you before God?
3. How have you measured your holiness by what you do or don't do?
In this next section of scripture we are focusing on the priests and what they are to wear. We see the priests wear specific articles of clothing. First the Ephod made of gold. When the priest comes before The Lord he bears the names of the people on his shoulders. This points to Jesus bearing our burdens on the cross on his shoulders. Next is the breast plate of judgement. This breastplate has jewels representing the 12 tribes of Israel. Hebrews 12:1-29 Jesus endured the cross and bore us on his heart before the Lord. Isaiah 61:10 This is what God does for us through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Any other type of clothing we cover ourselves in is just self-righteousness. Revelation 3:14 God is more concerned with how we are clothed spiritually, without Him we are naked. Colossians 3:5 If we are part of the body of Christ our clothes should be different, 1 Peter 5:5 we should be clothed in humility. We are different because God has made us different. 1 Peter 2:9-12 We are now a holy priesthood set apart to represent God to the people so they will see Him through us. What makes us set apart is not what we do or don't do. What makes us righteous is Jesus.
1. What burdens does Jesus carry for you personally?
2. Are you clothed in his righteousness or are you still trying to do it on your own?
3. How are we as a church set apart to represent Jesus in our city?
- How do we accomplish this?