Category Archives: priesthood

Priestly Robes

HP1“These garments showed that those who wore them were not ordinary Israelites, but Israelites who had been ‘set apart’ from the rest of the people (v. 1) to serve as priests.” (W. H. Grispen, Exodus, p. 263).

“The robe was then the garment that reminded both the high priest and (humanly speaking) the Lord of the glory, the exaltedness, and the sacredness of the office. . . . The bells drew attention to his sacred garments, the pomegranates reminded the high priest of the commandments (cf. also Num. 15:37-41), which he was to keep as well. As to the fulfillment of the high priestly office, we must note that as our High Priest Christ pleased the Lord both in His person and in His office.” (W. H. Grispen, Exodus, p. 271).
“Although the clothing of [Revelation 1] v 13 could also resemble kingly attire, its use here evokes the image of a priest because of the clear temple atmosphere of the ‘lampstands’ and the angels coming out of the heavenly temple, who wear the same clothing in 15:5-8. The ambiguity may be deliberate: perhaps both a king and a priest are in mind. . . . Christ’s sovereign oversight of the churches presupposes his constant presence among them.” (G. K. Beale, The Book of Revelation, p. 209).

Quotes used in the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church, OPC.

A Kingdom of Priests

1peter2cWho are we? What does it mean to be a kingdom of priests?

“In Exod. 19:6 God says to Israel, ‘You shall be to me a kingdom of priests,’ which likely meant that as a whole nation they were to serve as kingly mediators of divine revelation between God and the unbelieving nations (see also Isa. 43:10-13). They were not faithful in this witnessing task. Therefore God raises up a new priest-king, Jesus, and those identified with him are a ‘kingdom of priests,’ as expressed by 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 1:6; 5:10, which clearly allude to Exod. 19:6.” (G. K. Beale, A New Testament Biblical Theology, p. 678).

In preparing to preach on Exodus 19:3-6 at Trinity Presbyterian Church I ran across this helpful quote. Some questions with which I am wrestling — Who are we? We live in culture that is feeling centered. Is there something outside of us, something objective, that defines our identities? God’s words to Moses and through him to Israel in Exodus 19, as well as their references in the New Testament, help to provide answers.