Exodus 39-40 B

“Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.” (40:34-35‬)

After every last detail is placed, the glory of the LORD enters the tabernacle. Moses, who is the one who sets it all up, is now unable to enter. It has been set apart–made holy.

“They made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and inscribed it like the engravings of a signet, ‘Holy to the LORD.’” (39:30‬)

This crown was for Aaron, the High Priest; not Moses. All these intricate washings, dressings, ordainments and instructions made the priest completely distinct from everyone else. To top it off, this golden stamp of approval on his crown, “Holy to the LORD.”

For some reason; this hit me today. All the extensive measures to set apart. That is the truest definition of the word holy. I’ve known this for a long time, but I don’t know, it felt fresh today.

No one else in Israel would don this outfit. No one else in Israel would perform these rituals. No one else in Israel would enter the inner courts. Only this one set apart guy with the crown to prove it.

Even then, it wasn’t fool proof. All those bells and pomegranates on the hem of his robe would be the indicators of something gone wrong. Then a long rope attached to his ankle would drag the stricken priest’s body out of the glorious presence.

This past year, I’ve grown increasingly interested to understand more specifically the implications of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. One glaringly clear affect was the tearing of the veil in the temple (Matthew 27:51). That seemed to have a major additional affect; bringing to life saints of old (Matthew 27:52-53)? The book of Hebrews goes in to more details about Jesus acting as the ultimate High Priest. It’s all very… holy.

What does it mean? Do we, His people, now really wear a crown which sets us apart, reading “Holy to the LORD?”

While I know this is Christian Theology 101, it may still feel fresh and confounding simply because I forget to see myself and others that way. Is it true? We so easily get wrapped up in our vices and shortcomings. We so easily hurt and annoy each other. Are we really set apart and made clean? Clean like these elaborately washed and clothed sons of Aaron?

Speak to the LORD about it today. How does He see you? How does that change the way you see others? What are the implications?

Tomorrow we dive in to the book of Judges!


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