This is an illustration of Aaron's priestly garments, from my ESV Study Bible.
As I am reading through Exodus, and God's incredibly detailed instructions for his tabernacle, I am scratching my head wondering what God would have me learn from this.
Holiness is what comes to mind.
God is going to, once again, dwell among his people. Only this time, because of Adam's imputed sin, God has chosen to reveal himself differently, then simply walking with man in the Garden of Eden.
Therefore, in their fallen state, Israel was not allowed to simply enter casually into God's presence.
Furthermore, it seems to me that God, through all this detail, beauty, and separation, desires that Israel understand that he is holy.
Later on, as we learn about the Holy of Holies, God will continue to make his holiness known by death, if his instructions are not followed.
It would seem to me that the contemporary Christian has far too casual a view of God.
God's character is not only love, but also justice. It would serve us all well to read the whole council of God, and make known to ourselves a healthy fear.
What do you make of the detailed instructions for Aaron's priestly garments?