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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Exodus 28:The clothing and duties of the high priest


Good evening dear friends. I hope you are well and have enjoyed today's chapter. If you haven't got to it yet, I really hope you receive the same eye-opening blessing that I did! There were three verses in particular that really stood out for me, verses 12, 29 and 38. In these verses we read about the very privileged but highly responsible job that Aaron and his descendants are given by God. God gives them very exact instructions, removing the need for them to add their own opinions and ideas. We must worship God in His way, not in our own way.

Verse 12, "Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord upon his two shoulders for a memorial."
Verse 29, "And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually."
Verse 38, "...that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things...; it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the Lord."

What we need to keep in mind as we read the Old Testament Scriptures is that these pictures and descriptions are always pointing us towards the Lord Jesus Christ. God put these things into place until Christ would come in the flesh, removing the need for them. This is why we no longer need to approach God through a human priest; the Lord Jesus Christ is our High Priest and He is all we need.
The Lord Jesus Christ, as our intercessor, is clothed in glory and beauty (vs 2, 40), and as Aaron had done in the OT, He presents us and our petitions before the Lord for a memorial.

Listen to this lovely thought - each of the twelve tribes of Israel was allocated a precious stone and each name was engraved upon this stone which was then placed carefully and permanently into the breastplate of the high priest. So, every time he went into the holy place, wearing the garments as instructed by God, he had the names of these twelve tribes placed close to his heart and on his shoulders as a reminder to the Lord and the people of how precious they were to him. Do you realise how precious you are to God today? The Lord Jesus Christ brings your name before the Father always as a memorial, not because your name is etched into a precious stone, but because it is engraved in the palm of God's hands. Once you are saved, you are saved for ever. God does not ever forget His children; He never undoes that special relationship. He saves and keeps for ever.
Some of the twelve tribes were smaller and not as significant as the others, some are more easily remembered such as Judah. But each one was valued as equally as the other by God; none was more important than another. And so it is with us. There is not one of the daughters of God more significant or important than another. You may feel you don't have much worth or value, but this is not how the Lord sees you. Your name is engraved on His hands and His heart and you mean so much to Him that He sent His Son to die for you. He remembers you continually and prays for you.

Keep this at the foremost of your thoughts today - "The Lord loves me and He holds me close to His heart". What a blessing it is to be a daughter of the King!


Prayer matters: Ask the Lord to help you to see just how precious you are to Him. Ask Him to comfort you in whatever your need is today. Ask Him to give you the opportunity to share what you have with some other dear lady who maybe feels that no one cares about her, that she is not dear or special to anyone. Let her know how much the Lord loves her.

Hugs Karen x

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