Jesus in Aaron and Christians in the Sons (Exodus 28)

Much of this chapter has been dealt with in detail in earlier postings related to Exodus 25 and 26 but there are a few details in this chapter that are worth considering.  In the first half of the chapter Aaron’s clothing is described again.  As the High Priest, Aaron is arrayed in splendor. He is symbolic of Jesus Christ, our true high priest robed in glory and majesty, alone capable of offering the one sacrifice that can cleanse a guilty conscience from sin.

What is amazing is that in verse 40 and following God instructs Moses to dress Aaron’s sons in a similar fashion.  They are to be arrayed in “glory and beauty” and these garments are the very items which keep them from being guilty before God and suffering death,

they shall be upon Aaron, and upon his sons,…lest they bring guilt upon themselves and die. (Exodus 28:43)

As believers we too are clothed finely in Christ.  We are given robes of righteousness and dressed for beauty.  With the life of Christ wrapped around us we are like him, though he exceeds our garments in every way.

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. (Romans 13:14)

Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,  because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. (2 Corinthians 5:2-4)

for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (Galatians 3:27)

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About Scott Roberts

pastor of Hope in Christ Church, Bellingham, WA
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