Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23
A Robe Fit for a King
It must have been an incredible sight that first day! All of the garments for the priests had been sown to exact details. Each item was laid out in proper order for the priests and for the high priest. Each of them must have looked to the garments they were about to put on with a sense of awe. They were about to take a position they knew they were not worthy of. They were to be the ones who would stand before The Almighty and offer the sacrifices for the people.
I would imagine a strong sense of humility could be felt in the air that day. Aaron especially must have stood with tears in his eyes as the garments were placed upon him. As he looked to the robes, the turban, the ephod and particularly the urim and thummim, he surely felt so unworthy of this great honor. Thoughts of the golden calf flashed through his mind. Thoughts of his own humanity caused him to tremble in fear. He felt so unworthy of this high calling. He felt, well, so human.
It was not until the animal was slain and drops of the animal’s blood were placed on his ear, his thumb and his toe that he began to feel worthy. It was not a worthiness which came from his own self; it was something he could not explain. The blood, there was a warmth to it which was surreal. It was not a warmth he felt so much on the outside, but it seemed to warm from the inside. It seemed the blood applied to his ear, thumb and toe had somehow been applied to his heart, his soul, his being. Aaron somehow understood this blood was not an end in itself, but pointed to something or someone he did not quite understand. He now felt different. The calf, his sin of the past, was now not the focus. In fact, these things seemed to have been washed away as the blood had been applied.
Aaron felt something else as he stood looking down at the robes and the ephod. It seemed that he knew what his shadow would feel like if it could feel. It was like he was not really wearing the garment, he was just holding it up with his body until another who truly was worthy would wear it.
Aaron would place the garment on his body that day, yet he would never be able to completely fulfill the duty of the High Priest. He would only be a fill in until the Worthy One would come. One who would not trust in the blood of a ram to make Him worthy, but would shed His own blood, pure blood, to proclaim He is worthy to hold the position of the true high priest.
Yeshua has today shed His blood. He has taken the position of High Priest, yet to the best of our knowledge has never taken on the garments. He has not been seated in His rightful place in the Holy of Holies. Not yet! Now, please do not misunderstand me; the scripture is clear that He is seated in the heavens, but there is still a place in Jerusalem that He has never been given His rightful position. He died upon an execution stake with the words, “King of the Jews” written on a board above His head, but one day He will return to sit on a throne, to wear His rightful garments and to be The King over all the earth.
I wonder if the garments Aaron wore have been preserved through the ages. I wonder if Aaron and Yeshua wore the same size robe? I wonder, in the Days of Messiah when He rules and reigns from Jerusalem, if He will do so as the rightful owner of robes which were really made for Him, but someone else was allowed to wear for awhile? Aaron wore the robes as a priest, but only as a priest. David would later wear the robes of a king, but only as a king. For a thousand years and into eternity Yeshua will wear one robe, but will fulfill both roles, the role of The Priest and The King.
In the gospels we read how Yeshua walked among men who had a choice whether to submit to His authority or not. From his own countrymen, to the Scribes and Pharisees, He offered them the choice to bow to Him or not. When He returns there will be no choice, for every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that he is King and Priest over all mankind.
Today we still have the choice whether to bow to Him as the God of Mercy or to wait and bow to Him as the God of Judgment. It is a choice that each of us will have to make. Or one we can make now and guarantee our future.