Moses dressed the priests

Leviticus Bible Background

02.09.2018 – Old Testament: Lev 8.6–9

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 7–9 on February 9, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Again imagine the children of Israel recently escaped from slavery in Egypt, they are in the wilderness, and the time has arrived for their priests to dress the part. Look and see how magnificent the garments of the priests were, remembering that a short while ago they were merely slaves,

Then Moses brought Aaron and his sons and washed them with water. And he put the tunic on him, girded him with the sash, clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod on him; and he girded him with the intricately woven band of the ephod, and with it tied the ephod on him. Then he put the breastplate on him, and he put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastplate. And he put the turban on his head. Also on the turban, on its front, he put the golden plate, the holy crown, as the LORD had commanded Moses (Leviticus 8.6–9).

What an exciting time that must have been for them! They had seen the gods of Egypt and the priests serving those idols, but then Israel could begin serving their God and they had special priests to appear before the God of heaven on behalf of the nation.

Questions:

  • What job in Israel was more important than the job of the high priest or was there one?
  • Did you know that as a Christian you are a priest of God? (See 1 Peter 2.1–10.)
  • What job do you have that is greater than that one?

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