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HIGH PRIEST

P R I E S T

A. THE "COAT" (Ex. 28:39) - A long garment worn next to the person, made of fine linen.

B. THE LINEN BREECHES (Ex. 28:42) - "From the loins to the thighs".

C. THE "ROBE OF THE EPHOD" (Ex. 28:31 -35) - A long seamless garment made of blue linen.

[1]. Blue - The divinity of Christ.
[2]. Linen - Spotless righteousness of Christ.
[3]. Pomegranates - symbol of fruitfulness.
[4]. Pomegranates of blue, purple, scarlet, alternating with golden bells along the hem.
[5]. Bells - symbol of testimony.

 

D. THE EPHOD (Ex. 28:5-12) - The most important part of his dress, distinctively the symbol of the high priest's once.

[1]. Fine Twined Linen (Christ's purity) with gold (deity): blue (heavenly, divine): purple (royalty); scarlet (sacriflcial work).
[2]. Means: Son of God/Son of Man, our risen and glorified High Priest.
[3]. Consisted of two pieces (front and back) united at the shoulders with onyx stones in gold, twelve tribes engraved on the stones.

(a). Shoulders are a place of strength, of power.
(b). Stones represent the burden carried on shoulders of the High Priest.
(c). Christ so bears us up to God (Lk.15:5).

E. THE GIRDLE (Ex. 28:8) - Speaks of service (Mk. 10:45; Heb. 8: 1,2).

F. THE BREASTPLATE (Ex. 28: 15-29) - And inseparably connected with His power and His love.

G. THE MITRE (Ex. 28:36,37) - Or "turban" of fine linen to cover the head bearing upon the front a gold plate engraved "HOLINESS TO THE LORD".

 

 

The Levited were chosed to be the Priest until Jesus would come and take their place on the cross.

The Levites were given no other job except being the Priest for the Jewish nation. They were to minister unto God (Ex. 28:1) on behalf of the people (Heb. 5:1,2). God can't look upon sin, He couldn't look at His Son, Jesus when He was on the Cross and took all of the Sins of the world, That is why Jesus said od turned away from Jesus as the sins of the World was placed on him.

While the priesthood was formed out of men of the family of Aaron only (his sons were: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar; they succeeded Aaron as High Priest); the other families of the tribe of Levi were called to take their place alongside the priestly family:

[1]. MERARI (Num. 3:36) - Had charge of the heavy boards, sockets, basic structure of the Tabernacle - representing the foundation workman of the church today, in the Evangelist (Eph. 4:1).
[2]. GERSHOM (Num. 3:25) - Had charge of the hanging which separated the various parts of the Tabernacle - the counterpart of work of Pastors (shepherds) to mark the lines between believers and the world.
[3]. BOHATHITES (Num. 3:31) - Had responsibility of carrying the holy vessels or furniture - the Teacher would answer to his work.

C. THE PRIESTS -

[1]. CLEANSED (Ex. 29:4) - This ceremonial bath never had to be repeated (Titus 3:5) - this is a picture of the new birth, (Jn. 13:10).
[2]. CLOTHED (Ex. 29:5-9) - Distinguished from the rest (I Pet. 2:9).
[3]. CONSECRATED (Ex. 29:10-25) - Set apart to service to God "bloodmark", (Ex. 29:20).
[4]. CARED FOR (Ex. 29:26-37) - Physical needs to be provided.

III. THE PRIEST'S GARMENTS -

[1]. Wore only the linen coats, girdles, bonnets, and breeches.
[2]. When Aaron went within the Holy of Holies on the yearly Day of Atonement for the sins of the people, he wore only the linen priestly garments; when he returned he put on the Ephod, etc., before appearing before the people.