S (Scripture): Exodus 29:1 “Now this is what you are to do for them to consecrate them so that they may minister as my priests. Take a young bull and two rams without blemish; 2 and bread made without yeast, and perforated cakes without yeast mixed with oil, and wafers without yeast spread with oil – you are to make them using fine wheat flour. 3 You are to put them in one basket and present them in the basket, along with the bull and the two rams.
4 “You are to present10 Aaron and his sons at the entrance of the tent of meeting. You are to wash them with water 5 and take the garments and clothe Aaron with the tunic, the robe of the ephod, the ephod, and the breastpiece; you are to fasten the ephod on him by using the skillfully woven waistband. 6 You are to put the turban on his head and put the holy diadem on the turban. 7 You are to take the anointing oil and pour it on his head and anoint him. 8 You are to present his sons and clothe them with tunics 9 and wrap the sashes around Aaron and his sons and put headbands on them, and so the ministry of priesthood will belong to them by a perpetual ordinance. Thus you are to consecrate Aaron and his sons…
29 “The holy garments that belong to Aaron are to belong to his sons after him, so that they may be anointed in them and consecrated in them. 30 The priest who succeeds him from his sons, when he first comes to the tent of meeting to minister in the Holy Place, is to wear them for seven days.”
O (Observation): Sounds like a whole bunch of rigmarole for worship… Really? Why go through all of that stuff to consecrate Aaron and the other priests. And the special clothes and all of that….can’t that money be spent more wisely? Can’t that money go to feed the poor?
Sure…but what is being said about God and God’s people in this text from Exodus?
My commentary from Lumina Bible says this: “Everyone who ministers, everyone who worships, and everything they use in the presence of Yahweh, must be set apart to God by the cleansing, enabling, and sanctifying work of God.”
So this is not so much a practice in personal piety as it is allowing God to make holy the people and things that we use in worship. Making these things to be set apart.
A (Application): Ever seen worship done well? If all is done well, the leaders of worship will not be the focus. The sermon or the music will not be the focus of the worship. Instead, all of those things: the sermon, the music, the liturgy, even the clothes the leaders wear…will all point to God.
We want all the accoutrements of worship to point to God. Sometimes that means “smells and bells” or weird looking clothes or movements.
Come out to Advent Lutheran Church, Murfreesboro, TN, TheAdventChurch.com, for the Triduum – Great Three Days (Maunday Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter) – and for any of our Easter Sunday worship Services (Sunrise, Contemporary, and Traditional). See if we point, appropriately, to what God is doing, has done, and will be doing in us and through us and around us.
Allow yourself to come and be set apart. Allow God’s holiness to reside in you.
P (Prayer): Lord, you set us apart as your people. Make us holy. Make us whole. Amen.