“You shall take the other ram, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the ram,  and you shall kill the ram and take part of its blood and put it on the tip of the right ear of Aaron and on the tips of the right ears of his sons, and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the great toes of their right feet, and throw the rest of the blood against the sides of the altar.  Then you shall take part of the blood that is on the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it on Aaron and his garments, and on his sons and his sons’ garments with him. He and his garments shall be holy, and his sons and his sons’ garments with him. (ESV)
A few years back this passage struck me in a deep way. Allow me to describe why this excerpt from Exodus is so amazing to me….
Moses has just heard from God on multiple goals, missions, and directions. Specifically, the Lord has just gone through chapters of Exodus describing to Moses the EXACT Details of construction for the “Tent of Meeting”, the “robes” for Aaron and his sons, and the altar pieces & tabernacle…
Why so many chapters i thought? God is VERY clear on the details.. The Lord even goes so far as to describe the threads, the gems & jewels, the lengths, widths, and materials to be used… I have to assume that Moses was needing a transcriber as God’s directions for construction and implementation were so descriptive and intense… here’s an example of just one portion of these directions…
You shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue. 32 It shall have an opening for the head in the middle of it, with a woven binding around the opening, like the opening in a garment,3 so that it may not tear. 33 On its hem you shall make pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet yarns, around its hem, with bells of gold between them, 34 a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, around the hem of the robe. 35 And it shall be on Aaron when he ministers, and its sound shall be heard when he goes into the Holy Place before the LORD, and when he comes out, so that he does not die.
Start the reading around EXODUS 25 to get the ENTIRE descriptive process from the Lord but my point is this…
Our Father God had to make EXTREME directions and INCREDIBLE Details for the tent of meeting and the garments of Aaron and the utensils to be used for offerings due to HIS HOLINESS. For God is so HOLY that defilement and impurity has ABSOLUTELY NO PLACE in His Presence. We seriously need to read the ENTIRE 5 chapters leading up to these verses in Exodus 29 to get the fragile understanding that ANYTHING LESS THAN PERFECT PURITY in the standing room of our GOD is cast out, refused, burned up, abolished, and ignored… anything less than perfect…
Yet, after all of these directions, the Holy Lord tells Moses what to do next… what comes onto this PERFECT construction of fine linens, gold and hand crafted metals, perfect stands and ladles, and cups and crowns and bloodlines wearing garments of exquisite threading? A Bloody Mess!! Blood thrown on the ALTAR sides, blood on the ear lobes, blood splattered across these perfectly crafted robes! Moses and Aaron would have been standing there thinking “why in the hell did we use purple threads is we knew we would be tossing animal blood all over the place?” “Why did we pay so much attention to all this details if we knew we’d be only bringing in portions of the meat and spilling entrails all over the hallways?”
Does this Perfection of Process VS. Bloody Mess remind us of anything?
Did you wake up this morning thinking to yourself…. “if i can just get through another day living by the law, not sinning… i’ll be ok?”
Where else was there a bloody mess to connect us to holy perfection?
Often I feel quite thankful I was not at the foot of the cross watching Christ suffer that day friends.. Often I wonder how much stronger my faith my have been should i have seen Him there that day?
I know this… there is no amount of goodness or perfect display of behavior or absolute following of directions that can place me in the holiness of our Lord God that is not surpassed and overcome by the BLOOD of Christ. If anything we walk in today friends, let it be in the bloody mess of HIS perfect sacrifice for our impurity.
Father, touch these men today differently than you did yesterday or the day before. Place them all in YOUR MEETING ROOM and allow us to understand we walk with the HOLY of HOLY. Father, we love you and need you and yearn for the day we see your glory in it’s fullness but until then Lord, use us to bring others into your tribe. In the name of Christ we pray Father, Amen.