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Exodus 39:1-31 (Exodus 39:1-31)

THE FURTHER PROGRESS OF THE WORK THE MAKING OF THE PRIESTS ' DRESSES .

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Exodus 39:1-32 (Exodus 39:1-32)

The garments of the priests.

See Homily on Exodus 28:1-43 .— J . O .

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Exodus 39:1-41 (Exodus 39:1-41)

The Clothes of Service;

the work perfected.

I. THE PRIESTS ' GARMENTS .

1 . Their splendour. They were fashioned of gold and jewels, and blue, and purple, and scarlet. God gives glory to his servants. He makes us kings and priests unto himself. The spiritual nobleness and beauty given now are but the earnest of the glory which will be hereafter.

2 . Their purpose: they were clothes of service. The honour and comeliness which God bestows are for service to him in the midst of our brethren, not to minister to our own spiritual pride and unbrotherly judgment.

II. ALL THE WORK WAS DONE IN STRICT OBEDIENCE TO THE LORD 'S COMMANDMENT , "As the Lord commanded Moses" (5, 7, 21, 26, 29, 31). "The children of Israel did according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so did they" (32). "And Moses did look upon all the work; and behold, they had done it as the Lord had commanded, even so had they done it" (43).

1 . There was no deficiency: no part of the work was slighted. We may not abate anything of all the Lord has commanded. The ordinances must be observed as they have been delivered to us. The cross which Jesus has called us to take up in his service must not be laid aside.

2 . There was no excess. No room was given for the exercise of fancy, or taste, or judgment, as to what might better impress, or improve, the vulgar. There was only one solicitude—to do what the Lord had commanded. He alone is master here. We are merely servants. The things which God had not commanded were as carefully kept out of the worship as the things he had commanded were kept in it.

3. "And Moses blessed them." Serving God thus, the blessing of a greater than Moses will rest upon us. And there awaits us in the eternal light the "Well done! good and faithful servant!"— U .

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