Notes: March 6, 2008 – Exodus 28

The priestly garments

Exodus 28

3  And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
4  And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office. (Exodus 28:3-4)

  • ephod (6-14)
  • breastplate (15-30)
  • robe (31-35)
  • coat (39, 40)
  • mitre (37, 39)
  • girdle (39, 40)
  • bonnets (40)
  • breeches (42)


Meditation Points:

God gave wisdom to the tailors and seamstresses so that the garments would be what He wanted (Exodus 28:3).

A purpose of such elaborate garments was that the priest appear glorious and beautiful (Exodus 28:2). Given that these earthly priests were to represent Christ the heavenly High Priest, how much more glorious and beautiful ought Christ be to His people!

One must be clothed properly to be acceptable to God. This priestly clothing should remind us that we must be clothed with the righteousness of Christ in order to stand before God.

Bells, bells, bells (Exodus 28:34-35). As long as the bells were heard, others knew the priest was alive.  What sound should we hear in order to know that our High Priest is alive?

The nakedness of the priest must be covered lest he die (Exodus 28:43). Is your nakedness covered?

Hebrews 4:13   Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Revelation 3:17-18  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.