READ EXODUS 24
Over the last five weeks, we have looked at God’s good order and design for the Tabernacle. We’ve studied each element of the Tabernacle design – from the Holy of Holies to the priestly garments. We’ve understood each element in context, and we have heard well God’s promise to come and dwell among them in a way that leads to their salvation and flourishing.
And this week, we are going to savor many of the sweet ways that the Tabernacle points God’s people – both the Israelites of Exodus and us today – to the coming of Christ, the One who would bring the Tabernacle of God into its ultimate glory, meaning, and fullness.
Thus far in the study we have worked in the order of the text, making our way from the innermost part of the Tabernacle to the outer courts. God handed down His order to His people this way to show them that the primary purpose of the Tabernacle was right there in the center: God’s presence among them.
But this week, as we move to look at the big picture of the Tabernacle and the many ways it points us to the Gospel of Christ, we are going to work in the reverse. We are going to start with the priestly garments.
Read Exodus 28 & 29. What were the priestly garments for?
What was embedded in the garments and what did it signify?
The priest’s garments were designed by God to be holy. They were a physical reminder of the glory of God, and they reminded God’s people of His beauty. Made from the same material as the Holy of Holies, the priests who donned the garments served as walking representations of the Tabernacle. They reminded God’s people that He was among them, and as they bore the name of every tribe they assured God’s people that He would not forget them.
How were the priests, then, consecrated?
Who wore the garments and what did they do when they wore them?
Even in their dazzling design, the priests were not set apart as holy themselves until they were sprinkled with the blood of the sacrifice. Their beautiful white linen and bejeweled breast pieces were insufficient, no matter how perfect or lovely they were. Because God promised that sin would bring death, they had to be covered by the blood of the sacrifice as they entered into the Tabernacle before God, performed the sacrifices for sin, and represented the people before God.
Read Hebrews 4:14-16. Who is the ultimate High Priest?
How does Christ fill this role for you and me today?
What does the Tabernacle design for the priestly garments teach you about the Gospel of Christ?
Jesus Christ was the perfect High Priest who represents you and me before the Father. And unlike the sinful priests of the Old Testament, Jesus Christ lived a sinless life so that He could be the perfect sacrifice whose blood makes way for you and me to enter the presence of God! By the sprinkling of His blood, we are granted access to God. By His resurrected presence in heaven, Christ represents us always before the Father. And because in salvation we are united to Christ through faith, you and I can rest assured: the Father will never forget us because He cannot forget His very own Son!
How do you see the Gospel in this?
How can you worship God as a result of this today?
PRAY & REFLECT
Praise God that He sent a perfect High Priest to represent us before the Father. Praise Him that He lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death, and rose to life again so that you and I could be sprinkled by His blood and enter the presence of God forever!