Exodus 28-29

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The Garments and the Consecration of the Priests

Exodus 28-29

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Lesson Number 32

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The clothing of the priests is filled with meaning.
  2. The consecration of the priests is filled with meaning.

Practical Application

  1. Don’t forget the continual burnt offering.


  1. How do we know that Aaron the High Priest of Israel is a type (spiritual picture) of Christ, our High Priest?
  2. Who do Aaron’s sons and descendants, the other priests in the Old Testament typify?
  3. What was the purpose of Aaron’s garments?
  4. Name the pieces of the High Priests garments.
  5. What were the Urim and Thummim?
  6. Why did the priests lay their hands on the animal that was about to be sacrificed?


  1. This comparison is drawn in Hebrews 4 and 5.
  2. Us as believers (see 1 Peter 2:5)
  3. For glory and beauty (verse 2)
  4. Breastplate, ephod, robe, tunic, sash, and turban
  5. These items called “lights and perfections” were probably precious stones used by the High Priest to receive answers from the Lord in decision making.
  6. This communicated their identification with the sacrifice that was given as a substitute.


  1. Discuss the symbolism in the High Priest’s garments. The twelve stones worn close to the Priest’s heart on his breastplate represent the tribes of Israel. Similarly, the Lord carries His people in His strength and in His love. What a blessed place of security.
  2. The consecration of the priests in Exodus 2 portrays the salvation and sanctification necessary for all believer priests today. Discuss how these events were portrayed and the process for us as believers.


  1. Every morning and evening there was a lamb offered as a burnt offering, so that the Lord would meet and fellowship with His people. Take time this week, every morning and evening, to meet with the Lord in worship.

Key Verses

  • “And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty.” Exodus 28:1-2
  • “The priesthood shall be theirs for a perpetual statute. So you shall consecrate Aaron and his sons.” Exodus 29:9
  • “This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the LORD, where I will meet you to speak with you.” Exodus 29:42

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