2/8/2018 Exodus Chapters 28-29

From an earthly perspective I see a great difference between the topics described in these chapters.  In Chapter 28 we see the making of things of beauty — the priestly garments:  the ephod, the breastpiece, the robe of the ephod, the turban, the tunic, and the linen undergarments.

Then we move into Chapter 29.  We see scenes that are filled with images that to us may appear horrifying:

10 “Bring the bull to the front of the tent of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on its head. 11 Slaughter it in the Lord’s presence at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 12 Take some of the bull’s blood and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and pour out the rest of it at the base of the altar.

15 “Take one of the rams, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on its head. 16 Slaughter it and take the blood and splash it against the sides of the altar.

“Take the other ram, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on its head. 20 Slaughter it, take some of its blood and put it on the lobes of the right ears of Aaron and his sons, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet. Then splash blood against the sides of the altar. 21 And take some blood from the altar and some of the anointing oil and sprinkle it on Aaron and his garments and on his sons and their garments. Then he and his sons and their garments will be consecrated.

I think we need to reflect on the parallels — blood was needed to consecrate (make holy, dedicate to a higher purpose) the priests.

And the blood of the perfect sacrifice, the only Son of God, is needed to make us “holy” and able to stand for eternity in the presence of the Lord.