10 February 2009

Click here for today's Bible reading: Exodus 26-28; Proverbs 13:13-25.
Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron, to give him dignity and honor. Tell all the skilled men to whom I have given wisdom in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, for his consecration, so he may serve me as priest. These are the garments they are to make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a woven tunic, a turban and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for your brother Aaron and his sons, so they may serve me as priests. Have them use gold, and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and fine linen. —Exodus 28:2-5
When hikers head for the hills, they don’t wear formal clothes. At least I don't, and I don't know anyone who does. But when God sent the children of Israel to the desert, he told one family to wear outfits fancier than any red-carpet attire. (Exodus 28)

The clothes that God designed for Aaron and his sons would "out-bling" some of the most blingy hip-hoppers. The family was seriously over dressed for trekking across a hot, dusty desert with nomads and smelly livestock for companions. Did they really need clothes decorated with engraved onyx, gold filigree, braided gold chains, precious stones, and gold rings? To top off Aaron’s wardrobe, God gave him a hat with a gold seal engraved with the words “Holy to the Lord.”

I wonder if Aaron and his sons felt privileged to wear God’s designer clothes or if they wanted to look like all their friends who dressed in “desert denim.” Were they honored to be given the position of priest or did they just want to be like everyone else? Did wearing special clothes make them feel holy or just silly?

As a priest under God’s new covenant, am I willing to be set apart in a way that makes me look silly? —Julie Ackerman Link

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