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Once the priests enter the holy precincts, they are not to go into the outer court until they leave behind the garments in which they minister, for these are holy. They are to put on other clothes before they go near the places that are for the people.
When Ezekiel was shown the vision of the future temple restored in Jerusalem, he was reminded of the way the priests themselves were to dress while in the holy of holies. After ministering before the Lord in the holy of holies, they were to leave their clothes on the floor in somewhat of a dressing room and change into other clothes before returning to the people. The clothes to be left behind were “Holy Clothes.”
This is not an Old Testament look at how ministers of the gospel should dress today when they minister. Instead, it is a chance to talk about God’s order of things. God always has a plan. In that day, the Lord wanted certain clothing to be worn while the priest was in the holy of holies. In fact, linen was the clothing they were to wear. They were not allowed to sweat while they were ministering because ministry before the Lord was to include NO anxiety and complete peace while in His presence. The clothes themselves became “Holy Clothes” while the priest was in the holy of holies. God didn’t want those clothes to touch the people outside the holy of holies, as this made them holy (44:17-19). It was God’s plan that His people offer sacrifices for cleansing and not accidentally be made holy. How does this impact us? Simply this. There are no short cuts to God’s plan, even today in this age of grace. We have complete access to the throne of God, but we must come by way of the throne (Heb. 4:16).
I’m so grateful this AM that I don’t have to wait for a priest to take my needs before You. Thank You that I can come straight to the throne room. Even without “Holy Clothes.” Amen