Exodus 28:2,3,31: “And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments, to consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest . . . You shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue.”

August 31st, 2019 by Pastor Ed in devotional

Much of this section of the Book of Exodus is spent describing the tabernacle and the things related to it. It must be important for us to understand since the Holy Spirit takes almost 50 chapters to describe it. The only other subject covered in more detail in the Bible is the life of Jesus Christ. Many things in the tabernacle are symbols pointing to Jesus Christ Himself. So we conclude that while one of the purposes of the tabernacle was to provide Israel with a visible center of worship, even more importantly, it pointed to the work of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ.

This chapter focuses primarily on the garments the men who served at the tabernacle were to wear, especially the high priest. The garment that captures our eye is the high priest’s robe. It was worn underneath the ephod but over the white linen garment, from the neck down to below the knees. It points to Jesus as the heavenly One who knew where He came from and where He was going. This is one of the secrets of peace in our life with Christ, knowing where we are headed. Making the robe “all of blue,” reminded the priest and the people watching of the reality of heaven.

We love the fact that the color blue is to remind us constantly that we are a heaven-bound people. As we walk through our daily lives, we are to be continually reminded that this world is not our home. Jesus’ whole life was centered around this eternal perspective—that He was heavenly destined. He said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matt. 6:19–20). Jesus knew heaven. He was so focused on eternity, He was able to lead a life here that was detached and uncluttered. Jesus has told us that we are to be a heavenly-minded people; and in reality, we can be of no earthly good until we are heavenly minded.

“LORD, we remember that this world and the things of it are soon passing away. Keep us heavenly minded enough today that we might be of some earthly good to You and Your Kingdom.”