Read Exodus 28
Focus on verse 2, 40
Why do we get all dressed up to attend a wedding or a funeral? Why do we call our best suit of clothing “our Sunday best”? (Actually I am not certain it is called that any more, it was when I was growing up) While it is true that the way we dress is deeply steeped in our given cultures, there seems to be a principle that is evident in nearly every culture regardless of what the style of dress might be. That principle is that when we plan to show honor to a person of importance to us, we make a little more effort to look our best at the time of our meeting.
In today’s reading, Moses is recording the instructions God has given him in regard to the details of the construction and operation of the tabernacle. The Lord seems to be very particular about every detail of the tabernacle from the patterns of the threads in the curtains to the designs decorating the utensils, and the colors of the garments the priests would wear. I find it interesting that it is only when He gets to the description of the priestly garments we find the statement “for glory and for beauty” which occurs only in these two verses.
And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty.(v. 2)
For Aaron’s sons you shall make coats and sashes and caps. You shall make them for glory and beauty.(v. 40)
Why would God be concerned with glory and beauty particularly when it comes to priestly garments? Could it be that glory and beauty is important to Him when it comes to the way we approach Him in worship? Could this possibly also translate into “excellence” in the way we execute the rituals of worship whatever they might be in our given tradition of worship?
I am reminded that God is worthy of nothing short of our best when it comes to our worship of Him. If we define worship as “the point at which we submit to God in obedience upon His revelation of Himself and His will” it really translates into everything we do. At work, at play, at rest, at all times in all circumstance, nothing but my best put forth for His glory is an acceptable offering. And when I understand this according to His intent, it is not a great burden, but a joyous privilege for me to pour my energy into it until He either sends Jesus back to earth or calls me to meet Him in glory.