and you shall make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD (Ex. 28:36).
Aaron, the brother of Moses, was the first Great High Priest of Israel, a symbol of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is forever our High Priest (Heb. 7:26–27).
Aaron, as the Great High Priest, wore a crown of sorts, which was to bear on its front a golden plate bearing the words, “HOLINESS TO THE LORD.” In the coming Millennium, this engraving will appear on the bells of the horses (Zech., Chpt. 14). The golden plate and its engraving pictured Israel as an election before God. Imperfect as Israel was in herself, as thus represented by Aaron and his crown, she was Holiness itself.
Believer, look away from your ten thousand failures, and look upon the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is Holiness Personified, symbolized by Aaron. Realize that your Holiness is, and ever shall be, altogether in Christ. Your Faith in Him and His Perfect Sacrifice guarantees such Holiness, and a Perfect Holiness, at that, which is the only type of Holiness that God will accept.
Man cannot perfect Holiness within himself and by his own machinations, no matter how hard he tries. It is attained only by looking exclusively to Christ and His Atoning Sacrifice (Gal. 2:20–21).
Sharing the Work
Read Exodus 18:1 to 19:25; Matthew 16:21 to 17:13
In some churches, especially the smaller ones, the minister is required to do many things. He’s an administrator, takes care of the bulletins, and may even shovel the snow. All of these activities leave limited time for actually shepherding his flock.
Something similar happened to Moses. He had taken on the responsibility of being a judge for all the Israelites. Jethro, his father-in-law, offered advice.
“Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?” (Exodus 18:14).
Then Jethro taught Moses to delegate and share responsibilities with others. Those men would judge smaller problems, leaving Moses to make decisions for the more serious ones. Delegating would give Moses more time to be God’s representative and teach God’s laws to the people.
The church works more smoothly and gets more done when all members fill their roles.
Challenge for Today: Do something for the pastor of a small congregation.
Quicklook: Exodus: 18:13–23
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