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Glory and beauty

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In Exodus 28, God instructs Moses in the creation of “holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty.” The innermost garments are linen undergarments, and upon them are layers of more glorious garments. Ordinarily the high priest wore all these garments for his duties. But on the day of atonement (Leviticus 16), he was to enter into the most holy place dressed only in linen: undergarments, coat, sash and turban. “These are the holy garments” (emphasis added).

The white linen of holiness serves as the precondition — the foundation, the root — of the color and sparkle of glory and beauty. (Equally, we might add, does a blood sacrifice serve as the precondition of glory and beauty.)

How else can we speak of what grows from this root of holiness? The fruit of the holy Spirit is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5). This is how you measure glory and beauty.

Written by Scott Moonen

September 15, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Posted in Biblical Theology

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