There are many days, when getting a chance to be in the Word is really hard to do. One of the things I decided I was going to do, was pull out our Bible on CD and listen to it in the car as I am driving around town. I started this a couple weeks ago and have made it through mid Exodus. Driving down 75, my ears did a double take on one of the verses.
It takes place on Mt. Sinai, Moses has been up on the mountain a while and is getting the instructions, details and plans for the priesthood, tabernacle, and laws of the land. God is walking him through how He wants His “transportable” house to be, how the priests should act and what they should wear. He has just finished describing the ephod that Aaron is to wear, in its beauty and significance. Then at the end of Exodus 28, He throws this little tidbit in:
42 “Make linen undergarments as a covering for the body, reaching from the waist to the thigh. 43 Aaron and his sons must wear them whenever they enter the tent of meeting or approach the altar to minister in the Holy Place, so that they will not incur guilt and die.“This is to be a lasting ordinance for Aaron and his descendants.
Whoa, what did I just hear? God telling Moses, that priests were to wear underwear? This is not the first place in Exodus that God told Moses that certain parts of the body should not be visible when doing priestly duties. The alter could not have steps, so as the private parts would not be exposed.
Bet you haven’t ever thought about those verses before, eh? What is it about our nakedness that is a disgrace? Or is it more of our nakedness not showing the proper reverence towards God? In the garden Adam and Eve were naked, and it wasn’t till they ate the fruit did they realize they were naked and God covered their nakedness. Could it be a throw back to the fact that we are a sinful people and our nakedness is a reminder of our sin?
I am sure this could be so taken out of context and used to beat people over the head with how we dress when we come to the house of the Lord. There is a tendency to address it from a human stand point throw out there the words, “stumbling block”. What if we did relate it back to are we being reverent to God in how we dress?
Something to think about.