Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Recap: Chapter by Chapter in Exodus 28 to 30

Exodus 28 In Aaron's high priestly robe, we have more than just some piece of clothing that could have made Ric Flair himself salivate with envy; we have (theological) Thinking Man duds. loaded with symbolism. This robe carried more meaning than John Lennon's glasses, Gryffindor's sword, Michael Jackson's glove, and Elvis' Las Vegas jumpsuit all put together. The High Priest literally carried the names of the Israeli clans before God in sacrifice, carried God's will for the nation to the people (Urim and Thummim), wore statements of God's holiness on his head, was draped with the color of divinity, and bore symbols of fruitfulness on the hem of his garment.

Exodus 29 The ordination of Old Testament priests was intense. I think that this was because God demands more of spiritual leaders -in fact, I believe I read that in this book one time...- and because Yahweh Himself is holy, and cannot be approached without care, reverence, and holiness on the part of His people. No one can flippantly or carelessly approach the throne of God: the Jesus Is My Homeboy t-shirts tell lies.

Exodus 30 It might be the fiscal conservative/policy wonk in me, but the part of this chapter that really interested me was the part about taxes. In this case the tax is low (according to Bible commentator John Gill, 1697-1771), and every person is made to pay the same amount regardless of income.

'This temple-tax shows the equality of the redeemed and ransomed of the Lord; for though some sins and sinners are greater than others, and some are redeemed from more sins than others, yet all sins being infinite, as committed against an infinite God, but one price is paid for all, and that is the precious blood of Christ, the Son of God, an infinite and divine Person; hence all the ransomed ones have the same faith, righteousness, salvation, and eternal life.' -John Gill

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