Exodus 28-29: The High Priest

Exodus 28-29 spell out clearly the way in which the high priest is to be dressed and consecrated so that he may make atonement on behalf of the people of Israel. Like the previous passages, it is very detailed and full of specific commands as to exactly what the Lord wants from His people.

But what I am reminded of today is what the high priest in Exodus 28-29 points to. In this passage, the high priest is representing the people of Israel before the Lord so that they may be set apart for Him. He made sacrifices on their behalf, and entered into the most holy place with their names written on his garments. In this way, the people remained God’s people and their sins were covered over by the blood offered as a sacrifice. But the people never actually entered God’s presence, and their sins were not washed away by the blood of thousands of sacrifices.

Here we have a clear picture of Christ in the Old Testament. Hebrews 4 tells us that Christ is our Great High Priest, who does not simply bear our names before God, He brings us into the very presence of God Himself. He does not merely cover over our sins with His blood, He washes them away forever. He is our perfect High Priest. Greater than Aaron and every other high priest in the Bible. He is our Mediator, through whom we have direct access to the Father all the time.

I want to take hold of this truth and enter into the Lord’s presence always. This truth should change the way we read our Bibles. It should change the way we pray. We should do as the Psalmist says, “taste and see that the Lord is good.” His presence is perfect, His grace is limitless, His love is forever, and judgments are always true. Let us draw near to Him.

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