“On its skirts you shall make pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet stuff, around its skirts, with bells of gold between them, a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, round about on the skirts of the robe. And it shall be upon Aaron when he ministers, and its sound shall be heard when he goes into the holy place before the LORD, and when he comes out, lest he die.
“The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues for ever. Consequently he is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did this once for all when he offered up himself. Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever.”
If you have ever read the Old Testament you may have found that it can sometimes be a daunting task. You may ask yourself why does God go into great detail describing something or repeats a detail several times? Case in point: the details of the High Priest’s garments in Exodus 28. In this chapter God explains to Moses how to make the High Priest’s garments, and in verses 33-35 he mentions woven pomegranates and little gold bells to be sewn at the bottom of his hem. Why?
The High Priest is an echo to Christ, who is our High Priest. The ornate garments that were worn by the High Priest have woven into it all of God’s plan and purpose for mankind. Pomegranates: if you have ever opened a pomegranate you have seen that it contains hundreds of seeds. Golden bells: in the bible gold represents purity (the more times that gold is put in the fire the purer it becomes). The bells are used to call out God’s own. That is why churches have bells to this day.
The spiritual lesson for us is that we know that God has a plan through His High Priest, Jesus. Through Jesus a multitudinous seed (pomegranates) is called out (bells) of this world and made pure (gold) through Him. It is up to us to have eyes to see and ears to hear that call, and to be a part of His marvelous plan through Christ. May we see God’s big message in every little detail and respond accordingly.