"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1
Text: Exodus 29 : 6, 8-9
THE SPLENDOUR OF THE HIGH PRIESTLY GARMENTS
As we look at the regalia that the high priest wore, our attention must be struck by the splendour of the garments that he wore. There is already familiarity of knowledge concerning his garments. Perhaps only the phrase, “the holy crown” needs a further word of explanation (Exodus 29:6).
1. The word “crown”
This word may conjure up an image of a king wearing a crown. However, this is not the case in this context.
2. A diadem
Perhaps the better word would be “diadem”. This is the reference to the “plate of pure gold” with the engraving, “Holiness to the LORD” (Cf. Exodus 28:36).
3. Significance of the “Holy Crown”
a) Head of the Priesthood
This diadem crowned the high priest as the head of the Levitical priesthood!
b) Crowning Glory
The diadem is also most awe-inspiring. The high priest is given the highest honour, and he is challenged to measure up to the tasks that were entrusted to him!
A PERPETUAL STATUTE
The Aaronic priesthood was highly honoured indeed! This high honour would be theirs perpetually! How should they respond to such honour but with reverence!
“Then you shall bring his sons and put tunics on them.
And you shall gird them with sashes, Aaron and his sons,
and put the hats on them. The priesthood shall be theirs for a
perpetual statute. So you shall consecrate Aaron and his sons.”
A text from Malachi would help explain this privilege given to them. The “perpetual statute” was essentially a covenant God established with the priests!
“And now, O priests, this commandment is for you…
‘Then you shall know that I have sent this commandment to you,
That My covenant with Levi may continue,’
Says the LORD of hosts.
‘My covenant was with him, one of life and peace,
And I gave them to him that he might fear Me;
So he feared Me
And was reverent before My name.”
MALACHI 2:1, 4-5