O. T. #234 "Crowns"
Feb. 25, 2014
Exodus 28-Part 6
Make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it as on a seal: HOLY TO THE LORD. Exodus 28:36
LET IT GLOW
If you don't stop, I'm going to crown you. Have you ever heard that said when one person is bothering another? I don't think it was meant in a good way, though.
In our modern times, we do not see many crowns being worn. We may see a foreign king or queen wearing one on television. I have seen our football and basketball queens wear one, but can't think of any one else. Moses was told that the high priest was to wear a turban, a crown. Once at an airport, I saw a man dressed in a white robe wearing a white turban on his head.
Of the wardrobe for the high priest(Aaron) to wear, we have discussed the ephod, breastplate, and robe. Now let's touch on the crown.
The Holy Crown is a turban (mitre), which is a simple white linen cap, similar to a chef's, but not as tall. On the turban was a gold plate, with the insignia " HOLINESS TO THE LORD" and was held by blue lace.
It was called a "holy crown" (29:6; 39:30; Lev. 8:9) and emphasized the fact that God wanted His people to be holy (Lev. 11:44; 19:2; 20:7). (Wiersbe)
Mitre, in Hebrew, is the word mitsnepheth (pronounced mits-neh'feth), refers to a tiara; an official turban of a king or high priest; a diadem. (Strong's Concordance)
New International Version of the Bible calls the gold plate a "sacred diadem" in Leviticus 8:9.
The turban was to be worn continually on Aaron's head as he bears the guilt involved in the sacred gifts the Israelites consecrated.
The headdress carried the declaration essential to worship a priestly representation, namely the holiness of the Lord, and in so doing reminded the high priest and all the others that their approach to God must be done with reverence. (MacArthur)
It was a constant reminder of the priest's acceptance before God and of his holy ministry. (Falwell)
The word LORD in Hebrew (verse 36) Yahweh (Adonai), refers to He (who) is. (Young's Concordance)
LET IT GROW
The nation of Israel was accepted before God because of the high priest (verse 38), just as God's people are accepted in Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:6). Because of Jesus Christ, God's people today are a holy priesthood (1 Pter 2:5) and a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). Wiersbe
Hebrews 12:14 (NIV)states, Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Are we staying 'fessed up? Striving to be a holy vessel for the Lord to use?
LET IT GO