"The priests, the Levites- all the tribe of Levi- ...they shall have no inheritance among their brethren; the LORD is their inheritance..." Deuteronomy 18:1-2
Text: Exodus 39 : 1
GIVING ATTENTION TO THE MAKING OF THE PRIESTLY GARMENTS
All the details of the Tabernacle was completed! Soon the Tabernacle would be dedicated. There was just one more project for Bezalel and Aholiab to look into. They would now turn their attention to the making of the priestly garments!
“Of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread they made garments
of ministry, for ministering in the holy place, and made the
holy garments for Aaron, as the LORD had commanded Moses.”
1. Similarity of material
The garments for the high priest were to be made of the same type of material as the Tabernacle (“Blue, purple and scarlet”). The role of the high priest was of critical importance! The type of garments he wore must reflect the dignity of his station and office!
2. Three thoughts to bear in mind
Three thoughts were kept in mind as Bezalel and Aholiab went to work on the high priestly garments.
a) “Garments of ministry”
These priestly clothes were not for casual or home wear. They were rightly called “garments of ministry”. These were to be worn while ministering for the Lord!
b) “For ministering in the holy place”
i) A general reference to the Tabernacle
God wanted to impress upon both the priests and the congregation of Israel that Tabernacle worship was a sacred task. The Tabernacle, once consecrated, was no longer just “a building project”. It would take on as special significance. The Tabernacle would become “a holy place”.
ii) A particular reference to “The Holy Place”
This was a special section which only the Priests could enter for the purpose of offering worship and intercession for Israel.
c) “Holy garments”
The clothes once consecrated were regarded as “holy garments”.
WORKING WITH A GREAT SENSE OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Without a doubt, these thoughts must have brought a great sense of inspiration to the hearts of Bezalel and Aholiab. They must have felt a deepening sense of awe as they worked on the Tabernacle and the priestly garments.