Holiness Unto the Lord
Today’s Reading: Exodus 28
Key Verse: Exodus 28:36
You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet: HOLINESS TO THE LORD.
The clothing of the high priest was designed by God, Himself. The symbolism is powerful. Jesus Christ is our High Priest. He is the personification of “Holiness to the Lord.” He is “The High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus” (Heb. 3:1). In the book of Hebrews He is called our High Priest seven times. Please read Hebrews 2:17-10:22. Like the epaulets on the shoulders of the Hebrew high priest, He presents our names before God—continually. His primary occupation is that “He ever lives to make intercession” (Heb. 7:25). John writes, “If any man sins, we have an Advocate (lawyer for the defense) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). A priest represents man to God, whereas a prophet represents God to man.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I thank You with all my being for representing me before the Father. Thank You God, for receiving the blood of the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus, on my behalf. It’s beyond me to fully comprehend Your love, grace and mercy. I can only give myself here and now once again to You. When I pray, “In Jesus’ Name,” I have a new understanding of what is really taking place. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Dr. Charles Rolls was often a guest on 100 Huntley Street when in his nineties. One day, at 97, he showed up at our studio in downtown Toronto fully dressed in the garb of the High Priest. He had sewn the entire outfit with his own hands, put it on, and proceeded on the subway from North York to mid-town. I can’t imagine what the people on the train thought. He told them he was a guest later that morning on TV and was teaching about the role of the Hebrew High Priest. He departed this life at 99. I had a big celebration planned for his 100th birthday. Instead, we celebrated his passing on to glory. His series of books on the Names of Jesus are amazing. I am called to be a priest in the sense that when I pray for someone, I am representing him or her to God (1 Peter 2:5 & 9, Rev. 1:6).
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