October 28, 2021
1 “Have Aaron your brother brought to you from among the Israelites, along with his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, so they may serve me as priests. 2 Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron to give him dignity and honour. 3 Tell all the skilled workers to whom I have given wisdom in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, for his consecration, so he may serve me as priest. 4 These are the garments they are to make: a breast-piece, an ephod, a robe, a woven tunic, a turban and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for your brother Aaron and his sons, so they may serve me as priests. 5 Have them use gold, and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and fine linen.
When I was young, probably already in grade 7, I wore a suit to church with a tie. It was what I saw in the adults, so I thought I should do that also if I was going to be a full member of the church. Now, as we take part a few years older than that, I have some colleagues who think it is best if the preacher at least wear suit and tie, others wear a collar, some wear robes, quite a few wear jeans and t-shirt. It has become how we both separate out as those called by God to serve, identifying with the role and how we connect to the people we work with, identifying with the ones we are with.
Aaron’s robes are not the “uniform” of religious leaders for all time. They were to set him, and his sons, apart for special service. And what we will find a bit farther down the road is that it is more than the robes and other items. It is going to be the way they act as leaders among the people. Not out for the gain of themselves and their family and friends. It will be that they are there to lead all the people in the way that God would have them lead the people. Not swayed by the opinions of a few, but hearing God.
God gives us ways to hear him and lead, as well as follow. Most often he does this in his Word to us. Something Aaron and Moses don’t have fully at this time. They are given some other ways that we no longer use. I haven’t seen an ephod used in real life. We are given God’s Word to guide us to follow and lead others in following. Not to get what we want, but to do what God calls us to do and to do what is good for the rest of our communities as well.
What is God saying about our treatment of others? How are we serving God and others by what we do, or what we don’t do? How do we honour God and our leaders who have been given to us by God? The people trusted God in the leadership given by Moses and Aaron (most of the time). Pray for God to give wisdom, his wisdom, not ours, to our leaders in our churches and society at large that all may have life and grace from God.
Song – Trust in You
God Most High, by your Word you created a wondrous universe, and through your Spirit you breathed into it the breath of life. Accept creation’s hymn of praise from our lips, and let the praise that is sung in heaven resound in the heart of every creature on earth, to the glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.