What do your clothes say about you? What do they say about your mindset? What do they say about your attitude? What do they say about your feelings? What do they say about your plans? What do they say about your purpose? When you get ready for today, what do you want people to be thinking or saying? Do your clothes add or detract? Do your clothes improve or discourage? Is there meaning and intention behind what you are wearing?
Today’s reading starts off speaking of Aaron’s new clothes…
Kohen’s Garments1“Bring your brother Aaron near with his sons from among Bnei-Yisrael, so that they may minister to Me as kohanim—Aaron and his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 2You are to make holy garments for your brother Aaron, for splendor and for beauty. 3You are to speak to all who are skilled, whom I have filled with a spirit of artistry, to make Aaron’s garments for consecrating him, so that he may minister to Me as a kohen. 4These are the garments that they are to make: a breastplate, an ephod, a robe, a tunic of checkered work, a turban and a sash. They are to make holy garments for your brother Aaron and his sons, so that he may minister to Me as a kohen. 5They are to use the gold, blue, purple, scarlet and fine linen. 6“They are to make the ephod of gold, blue, purple, scarlet and finely twisted linen, the work of the skillful craftsman. 7It is to have two shoulder pieces stitched to the two ends, so that it may be joined together. 8The skillfully woven band which is upon it, with which it is to be bound, is to be made like the design, and from the same piece of gold, blue, purple, scarlet and finely twisted linen. 9“You are to take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of Bnei-Yisrael: 10six of their names on one stone and the names of the remaining six on the other stone, in the order of their birth. 11With the work of a gem cutter engraving a seal, etch the two stones, in the order of the names of Bnei-Yisrael. Make them enclosed in settings of gold. 12Fasten the two stones upon the shoulder pieces of the ephod, to be memorial stones for Bnei-Yisrael. So Aaron is to bear their names before Adonai on his two shoulders as a reminder. 13Fashion filigree settings of gold, 14along with two chains of pure gold, of braided work, and you will attach the chains to the filigree settings. 15“Make a breastplate of judgment, the work of a skillful craftsman. You are to make it like the design of the ephod—of gold, blue, purple, scarlet and finely twisted linen. 16It is to be square and doubled over, a span in length and a span in width. 17Set within it four rows of jewels: a row of ruby, topaz and emerald for the first row; 18a turquoise, a sapphire and a diamond for the second row; 19a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst for the third; 20and a beryl, an onyx and a jasper for the fourth row. They are to be enclosed in gold filigree settings. 21The stones are to be engraved in the order of the names of Bnei-Yisrael, twelve according to their names, like the etchings of a signet seal, one corresponding to each name of the twelve tribes. 22“Also you are to make, upon the breastplate, braided chains of wreathed work from pure gold. 23Forge on the breastplate two rings of gold and fasten the two rings on the two ends of the breastplate. 24Then attach the two wreathed chains of gold on the two rings at the ends of the breastplate. 25The other two ends of the chains you are to place on the two settings, and put them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod in front. 26So you are to make two rings of gold, and put them on the two ends of the breastplate, on the edge of it that is toward the inner side of the ephod. 27Also make two gold rings and place them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod underneath, in the front, close to where it is joined, above the artfully woven band of the ephod. 28Then they will bind the breastplate by its rings to the rings of the ephod with a blue thread, so that it may be on the skillfully woven band of the ephod, and so that the breastplate will not come loose from it. 29“Aaron will bear the names of Bnei-Yisrael in the breastplate of judgment on his heart, whenever he enters the holy place, as a continual memorial before Adonai. 30Also put the Urim and the Thummim within the breastplate of judgment, so they will be on Aaron’s heart when he goes in before Adonai. Aaron will bear the judgment of Bnei-Yisrael on his heart before Adonai continually. 31“You are to make the robe of the ephod entirely of blue. 32It is to have a hole for the head in the center, and a binding of woven work around the hole, as a collar, so that it may not be torn. 33On the hem of it you are to make pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet, all around the hem, with golden bells between them: 34one golden bell and a pomegranate, then another golden bell and a pomegranate, on the hem of the robe all around. 35It must be worn by Aaron whenever he ministers. The sound will be heard when he goes into the holy place before Adonai and when he comes out, so that he does not die. 36“Also you are to make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engravings of a seal, ‘HOLY TO Adonai.’ 37Attach it with a violet cord onto the turban, on the front of the turban. 38So it will rest on Aaron’s forehead, so that Aaron will bear away the iniquity committed regarding the holy things, which Bnei-Yisrael set apart as all their holy gifts. It is to be always on his forehead, so that they may have favor before Adonai. 39“You are to weave the tunic in checkered work of fine linen, make a turban of fine linen, and make a sash, the work of a color weaver. 40For Aaron’s sons you are to make tunics, sashes and headwear for them—for splendor and for beauty. 41Put them on Aaron your brother and on his sons with him, and anoint them, consecrate them, and sanctify them, so that they may minister to Me as kohanim. 42“You are to make linen undergarments for them, to cover the skin of their nakedness, from the hips to the thighs. 43They are to be worn by Aaron and his sons when they go into the Tent of Meeting or when they approach the altar to minister in the holy place, so that they do not become subject to guilt and die. It is to be a statute forever, to him and to his offspring after him.–from Exodus 28
Consider the meaning behind each of the items…Consider the reason for each stone, each thread, each color…There is purpose in all of it! Consider what it speaks to the people every time they see it…
Are you ready for today? Are you prepared? Do you have the inside setup? The outside should be an expression of what is going on inside! So we need to not dress up the outside, we need to dress up the inside! We need to be prepared! We need to aligned! We need to make sure our heart and our mind are in the right state! Otherwise, your clothes are just a mask to hide what is taking place on the inside! Otherwise, your clothes are just a costume to portray who you want others to think you are! So let’s prepare ourselves even before we pick our clothes for today and get going! Will you be purposeful in how you live? act? behave? dress?
How to Consecrate Kohanim1“Now this is what you are to do to consecrate them, so that they may minister as kohanim. Take one young bull and two rams without blemish, 2along with matzot , cakes of matzot mixed with oil, and matzot wafers spread with oil. Make them from fine wheat flour. 3You are to put them into one basket and present them, along with the bull and the two rams. 4You are to bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, and wash them with water. 5Then take the garments, and put the tunic on Aaron, along with the robe, the ephod and the breastplate. Gird him with the artfully woven band of the ephod, 6set the turban on his head, and put the holy coronet on the turban. 7Then you are to take the anointing oil, pour it upon his head and anoint him. 8Also you are to bring his sons and put tunics on them. 9You are to gird Aaron and his sons with sashes, tie headwear on them, and they shall hold the priesthood by a perpetual statute. In this way you are to consecrate Aaron and his sons. 10“You are to bring the bull before the Tent of Meeting, and Aaron and his sons are to lay their hands on its head. 11You are to slaughter the bull before Adonai at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. 12Then take the blood of the bull, put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and pour out all the remaining blood at the base of the altar. 13Also take all the fat that covers the innards, the lobe above the liver, the two kidneys, along with the fat that is on them, and burn them on the altar. 14But the meat of the bull, along with its skin and its dung, you are to burn with fire outside the camp. It is a sin offering. 15“Then take one ram, have Aaron and his sons lay their hands upon the head of the ram, 16then slaughter the ram, take its blood, and sprinkle it around the altar. 17You are to cut the ram into pieces, wash its innards and its legs, and place them with its head and other pieces. 18Then you are to offer the whole ram up in smoke on the altar. It is a burnt offering to Adonai, a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to Adonai. 19“Then take the other ram, and have Aaron and his sons lay their hands upon the head of that ram. 20Slaughter the ram, take its blood, and dab it on the tip of the right ear of Aaron, on the tip of the right ears of his sons, on the thumb of their right hands and on the big toes of their right feet, then pour the blood on the altar all around. 21Also you are to take some of the blood that is on the altar, along with the anointing oil, and sprinkle it on Aaron and his garments, and on his sons and their garments. In this way he and his garments are to be consecrated, along with his sons and their garments. 22“Moreover, take some of the fat from the ram, along with the fat tail, the fat that covers the innards, the covering over the liver, the two kidneys and the fat that is on them, along with the right thigh, because it is a ram of consecration. 23Also take one loaf of bread, one cake of oiled bread, and one wafer out of the basket of matzot that is before Adonai. 24You are to put the entirety into Aaron’s hands and the hands of his sons, and present them as a wave offering before Adonai. 25Then you are to take them out of their hands and offer them up in smoke on the altar on top of the burnt offering, as a sweet aroma before Adonai, an offering made by fire to Adonai. 26Also take the breast of Aaron’s ram of consecration and wave it as a wave offering before Adonai—so it will be your portion. 27“Set apart the breast of the wave offering and the thigh of the contribution, which is waved and offered up, from the ram of consecration, including what belongs to Aaron and his sons. 28It is to belong to Aaron and his sons as their due share forever from Bnei-Yisrael, because it is a contribution. It is to be a contribution from Bnei-Yisrael from their sacrifices of fellowship offerings, their contribution to Adonai. 29“The holy garments of Aaron are to pass to his sons after him, to be anointed in them and to be consecrated in them. 30The son that succeeds him as kohen, who comes into the Tent of Meeting to minister in the holy place, is to put them on for seven days. 31“You are to take the ram of consecration and boil its meat in a holy place. 32Aaron and his sons are to eat the meat of the ram and the bread that is in the basket at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. 33They are to eat those things with which atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them, but a layman is not to eat them, because they are holy. 34If some of the meat of the consecration or the bread remains until the morning, you are to burn the remainder with fire. It shall not be eaten, because it is holy. 35“Do for Aaron and his sons everything according to what I have commanded you. Consecrate them for seven days. 36Each day you are to offer a bull as a sin offering, apart from the other offerings of atonement. Also purify the altar when you make atonement for it, and anoint it in order to sanctify it. 37You are to make atonement for the altar for seven days, and so sanctify it. The altar will be most holy, and whatever touches it will become holy. 38“Now this is what you are to offer upon the altar: two one-year-old lambs, each day, continually. 39You are to offer one lamb in the morning and the other lamb at dusk. 40Offer along with the first lamb a tenth of an ephah of fine flour, mixed with a fourth of a hin of beaten oil, and a fourth of a hin of wine as a drink offering. 41The other lamb you are to offer at dusk, like the grain offering and drink offering of the morning, as a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to Adonai. 42It is to be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting before Adonai. There I will meet with you, to speak with you there. 43I will meet with Bnei-Yisrael there. So it will be sanctified by My glory. 44“So I will sanctify the Tent of Meeting and the altar. I will also sanctify Aaron and his sons to minister to Me as kohanim. 45So I will dwell among Bnei-Yisrael and be their God. 46Then they will know that I am Adonai their God, who brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, so that I may live among them. I am Adonai their God.–from Exodus 29
Let’s make sure we are right on the inside and allow the outside to just be a window into what is taking place inside! Let’s make sure we are right on the inside and allow the world to get to see what God’s been up to in our lives! Let’s make sure we are right on the inside and allow the world to get to see Jesus has moved into our hearts! Let’s make sure we are right on the inside, that we are transformed from the inside out! Let’s make sure we have our priorities straight! Let’s make sure we have put first things first! Let’s be living like the new creations we have become! Let’s be living sacrifices! Let’s be making a difference in the way and by the way we live out our lives! Let’s love! Let’s share! Let’s care! Let’s bless! Let’s rejoice! Let’s be hospitable! Let’s be humble! Let’s be selfless! Let’s be Christ-centered rather than self-centered!
Be Dead to Self1I urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice—holy, acceptable to God—which is your spiritual service. 2Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3For through the grace given me, I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think—but to use sound judgment, as God has assigned to each person a measure of faith. 4For just as we have many parts in one body—and all the parts do not have the same function—5so we, who are many, are one body in Messiah and everyone parts of one another. 6We have gifts that differ according to the grace that was given to us—if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7if service, in our serving; or the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8or the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who gives, in generosity; the one who leads, with diligence; the one who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. 9Let love be without hypocrisy—detesting what is evil, holding fast to the good. 10Be tenderly devoted to one another in brotherly love; outdo one another in giving honor. 11Do not be lagging in zeal; be fervent in spirit. Keep serving the Lord, 12rejoicing in hope, enduring in distress, persisting in prayer, 13contributing to the needs of the kedoshim, extending hospitality. 14Bless those who persecute you—bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be proud, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own eyes. 17Repay no one evil for evil; give thought to what is good in the eyes of all people. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, live in shalom with all people. 19Never take your own revenge, loved ones, but give room for God’s wrath—for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,” says Adonai. 20Rather, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. For by doing so you will heap coals of fire upon his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.–Romans 12