“Make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it as on a seal: HOLY TO THE LORD. Fasten a blue cord to it to attach it to the turban; it is to be on the front of the turban. It will be on Aaron’s forehead, and he will bear the guilt involved in the sacred gifts the Israelites consecrate, whatever their gifts may be. It will be on Aaron’s forehead continually so that they will be acceptable to the Lord.” (Exodus 28:36-38 NIV84)
I am fascinated by the detail the Lord put into everything that had to do with the tabernacle. It’s not just the details that fascinate me, but the depth of meaning within the details. We have already spoken of the meaning of the names of the twelve tribes inscribed on the onyx stones that fastened the ephod at the shoulders of the high priest. Those same names were put on twelve precious stones that made up the breastplate that the high priest wore over his heart. Today, we look at another fascinating part of the high priest’s garments. An engraved gold plate was fastened to his turban. This plate was to be worn over his forehead. Engraved on the gold plate were these words. “HOLY TO THE LORD.”
Those words did not describe the high priest or the children of Israel. They represented sinful human beings who were far short of holiness. Even their sacrifices were not completely free from sin and guilt. No, these words were a proclamation of how God chose to see the high priest and the children of Israel. The same is true for us today. We Christians are not perfect or holy. We are forgiven sinners. God sees us as Holy because our faith holds on to Jesus. It is Jesus’ death and resurrection that makes us right with God. It is Jesus’ blood that washes us clean and makes us holy in God’s sight.
We, like the Israelites, are holy to the Lord, not because of anything inherently good in us, but because of everything that is good, and gracious, and forgiving in God.