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Summary: The significance of Aaron's linen coat and its connection to the NT saint.

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Exodus 28:1-8 KJV And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons. [2] And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty. [3] And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office. [4] And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office. [5] And they shall take gold, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen. [6] And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, and of purple, of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work. [7] It shall have the two shoulderpieces thereof joined at the two edges thereof; and so it shall be joined together. [8] And the curious girdle of the ephod, which is upon it, shall be of the same, according to the work thereof; even of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.

Exodus 28:39-40 KJV And thou shalt embroider the coat of fine linen, and thou shalt make the mitre of fine linen, and thou shalt make the girdle of needlework. [40] And for Aaron's sons thou shalt make coats, and thou shalt make for them girdles, and bonnets shalt thou make for them, for glory and for beauty.

Exodus 39:27 KJV And they made coats of fine linen of woven work for Aaron, and for his sons,

Leviticus 6:8-10 KJV And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, [9] Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering: It is the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all night unto the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be burning in it. [10] And the priest shall put on his linen garment, and his linen breeches shall he put upon his flesh, and take up the ashes which the fire hath consumed with the burnt offering on the altar, and he shall put them beside the altar.

Leviticus 8:6-7 KJV And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water. [7] And he put upon him the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and he girded him with the curious girdle of the ephod, and bound it unto him therewith.

Leviticus 16:4 KJV He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on.

I. INTRODUCTION—THE IMPORTANCE OF SPIRITUAL PREPARATION

In both of the last two lessons of this series, there has been an underlying theme emerging—the necessity of spiritual preparation as we enter into the place of worship. The reason that we find the necessity of preparation is because of the order that God has established with every aspect of all that He has done.

There was order in creation, there was order in the Garden (until sin fractured it), there was order established in the Law of Moses, there was order in the various aspects of worship in the Tabernacle and Temple, and we find there is order that God established even in His work of judgment and wrath in Revelation.

Once this aspect of order can be grasped in our heart, it has much to do with the way that we approach worship. There should be honor and reverence that takes place when we are afforded the opportunity to come into the presence of the Lord. Because of the nature of New Testament worship, the place we come to worship has to have that same sense of gravity and respect that the priests did in Old Testament. The form of worship has changed but the nature of worship has not changed!

There are some aspects of New Testament worship that cannot be sacrificed in our era of time. In fact, our worship has to be more Word-focused than it has ever been. There are three simple elements of NT worship that is found to be in order:

• Preach the Word—2 Tim. 4:2; 2:24; 1 Tim. 4:13; 3:2; Titus 1:9; Acts 2:42; 20:7-8; Col. 1:25.

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