Friday, 15 March 2019
The high priestly garments
Question of the day: Why is Aaron instructed to wear such a detailed and specific outfit as the high priest?
Answer: Aaron's garment is a 3 in 1 garment. He is ministering to the 3 in 1 God. Exodus 29:5 "Then take the garments, and put the (1) tunic on Aaron, along with the (2) robe, the (3) ephod and the breastplate. Gird him with the artfully woven band of the ephod."
This is a summary of the details in Exodus 28. Let's work from the inside out. But, before we do, let's catch the overview; then the 3 in 1 garment is a picture of the tribune nature of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
On the inside is a white linen garment called a tunic above. It is closest to the man. It symbolizes the Holy Spirit (which is the closest aspect of God to the man). It is pure white and clean.
Next is the solid blue robe. This middle garment represents Yeshua, who is in the middle of everything (the middle matzah is broken at the Seder and half is used for theafikomen).
Blue is Yeshua's color. How do I know? Numbers 15:38 "Speak to Bnei-Yisrael. Say to them that they are to make for themselves tzitzit on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and they are to put a blue cord on each tzitzit."
Why, and what does that have to do with Yeshua? Numbers 15:39 "It will be your own tzitzit—so whenever you look at them, you will remember all the mitzvot (commandments) of Adonai and do them and not go spying out after your own hearts and your own eyes, prostituting yourselves."
Yeshua told us ... John 14:15 "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." He is the Word (commandments) made flesh to dwell among us. (John 1:14)
Remember, this blue robe was one piece with a hole for the head. It had bells and pomegranates sewed onto the bottom. Bells so we could hear the priest coming and pomegranates symbolize obedience to the law because of all the seeds in them.
Then there was the outer robe called the garment of glory also called the ephod. This outer garment is designed to reflect the glory of the Father. There is much more to this, the breastplate, the blue ribbons, the mitre, gold chains and much more symbolism. But it will have to keep for another time.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,