The Priestly Garments of Grace

Lesson 5 for April 23-29

This quarter’s discussions focus on biblical symbolism of a certain kind: clothing imagery. We will consider the garments that people in the Bible wore and what that clothing really meant, what truths it symbolized, what great realities it pointed to, and what lessons we can learn from it. From the fanciful adornment of Lucifer in heaven to the filthy rags of our own righteousness, from the coats of animal skins for Adam and Eve in Eden to the “garments of splendor” mentioned in Isaiah, the Bible uses clothing and clothing imagery to portray truths about sin, pride, righteousness, salvation, justification, resurrection, and eternal life in Christ.

The priests of the Old Testament era were a distinct class of people specially dedicated to God. They easily could be identified by their unique, symbolic garments. If one chooses to follow Jesus Christ, he or she is also a priest in a very real sense, and should be recognizable by the work of Christ within him or her. What does it mean that we as Christ’s followers are, in a very real sense, priests of God? How should this affect our views of ourselves and our place in the world? This week’s Scriptural Pursuit discussion centers around these questions among others.

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