Bells in the holy place to prevent Aaron’s death

Exodus Bible Background

Old Testament: Exo 28.33–35

To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 27–28 on February 1, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Aaron had to wear an ephod when he entered the holy place. God wanted it decorated a certain way, and He wanted it to have bells:

“And upon its hem you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet, all around its hem, and bells of gold between them all around: a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe all around. And it shall be upon Aaron when he ministers, and its sound will be heard when he goes into the holy place before the LORD and when he comes out, that he may not die.”

– Exodus 28.33–35

Entering the tabernacle, and later the temple, was not like entering any other structure on earth because Yahweh God Himself would be in the tabernacle and meet with Aaron, and later his sons. Therefore, the priest needed some kind of protection, and the Lord provided these bells that the priest might not die, because entering into the presence of God is something that sinful man cannot do without intervention from God.


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