God placed such significance on appearance, on representation of Him. This is but the beginning of the instructions:
For those of you whom have ever sewed, you can see what a chore laid before the tribes tasked to dress the priests. As you read through all the passages do you feel the weight of the outfit being prepared for Aaron (who is an old man) and his sons? Obviously they were very strong physically.
This story makes me thankful we have Jesus Christ and the new Covenant. I can’t help but think that the reason God made such high demands and placed so many visual symbols in front of, and in Aaron’s case on, them. Human nature is to forget or put aside that which we don’t see or feel or taste or touch. For those of you that attend church, can you imagine your pastor wearing the garb of Aaron, all the time?
Fortunately for us, God wants us believers to be dressed in but one thing; Him. I love being able to go to church as formally or informally as I feel like it. Jesus, the greatest prophet, teacher, and man of all time wore a dress (tunic) and sandals; and he was never chastised by the Father for not being in the right dress; just praised for being right in the heart. Don’t let appearances keep you from worshipping with your fellow man, you can’t see what is inside so you can’t know the true beauty of that person, just as they can’t see the true beauty that is in you. Go in your jeans or your tuxes, your sandals or boots or sneakers or heels. Wear 1,000 piercings or tattoos (or both) or none. IT DOES NOT MATTER. It only matters that you go with a heart prepared and wanting to worship the Lord!