Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
January 31 Scripture Selection: Exodus 39-40
Food for Thought: Ex.
As elaborate as the garments of the priests were, they were only a fore-shadowing of those to come because we have something those extravagantly dressed priests could never have: we are born again and carry within us the Holy Spirit, and with that, we are taken to heights they never could. Hopefully, as we read the description of the intricate, costly robe, turban, breastplate, ephod, and crown, we can gain a better appreciation for the majesty of the Great High Priest and for what we as His brethren don and participate in.
He has graciously positioned us to be seated alongside Him, as Ephesians 2:5-7 explains: “even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Revelation 1:5, 6 says, “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (See also Rom. 5:17, 21.)
In order for us to be in such a position, we, too, must be clothed appropriately. As described in Isaiah 61:10, the Lord clothes us elaborately in the spirit: “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Further, He crowns us with glory and honor (Ps. 8:5) and loving kindness and tender mercies (Ps. 103:4), followed later by a crown of righteousness (II Tim. 4:8), a crown of glory (I Pet. 5:4), and the crown of life (James 1:12).
For those who can only see in the natural with their human eyes, this description is meaningless. However, the Lord intended for us to grasp this by faith and appreciate it, or He would not have put it in His Word. For those of us who can use our spiritual eyes, our eyes of understanding, we see ourselves in the spirit decked out, clothed by our Lord, and are grateful for our current position in Christ while also looking forward to the complete fulfillment of scripture. They say that “clothes make the man,” and in this regard it is true. He clothes us for who we are, and, as we understand this, we walk accordingly in the glorious position and authority that He has placed us in.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):