Exodus 28 – The Robes

As i began reading this chapter i began thinking about the purpose of the priestly garments and the relationship between man and God.  The question popped into my mind, “Does God need the priest to be dressed in special visually attractive garments?  Are these garments related to giving honor and glory to YHWH because He IS God, or are they aesthetically pleasing and more serve the purpose of giving the Israelites an identity of worship to YHWH?  Is it that elegant clothing somehow draws YHWH to the priests and His people more than plain clothing would?… I know, to some extent that sounds silly… Is it about giving YHWH glory and honor by bringing only the best into His presence? …like somehow He NEEDS that?  Or; is it like when God spoke aloud honored Christ before the disciples not for Christ’s sake, but for theirs?  Does this relate to God’s need for honor or glory, or the people’s need to be able to honor and glorify him through beautiful worship and sacrifice?

I thought it was a really interesting question and i really liked the direction that the question was leading.  It’s a question that was definitely worth pursuing even if i already had a good idea as to the answer.  Then i hit the end of verse two, and in all honesty i felt a little gipped.  There was the answer sitting right in front of me; “for glory AND for beauty”.  My reaction was, “Awe come on!  You’re just going to GIVE me the answer!  That’s no fun!”  I figured that the answer was probably going to somehow be both, but it’s just so much fun to process through.  At least i got to do it here.

The other thing i wanted to note really quickly is that the robes; the priestly garments seem to be given the same attention to detail and significance as the temple building itself.  It started to get me thinking about the parallels between the temple as the outward covering of the Glory of God, and the priestly garments as an outward covering bringing glory to the priest.

Well, that’s all for now!

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