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The Fashions of Babylon

Dresses were made in such a manner that as they looked at them they were reminded of the commandments of God, and encouraged to obey them.

In their dress they were not to seek after their own hearts, nor their own eyes.  If they did, they would copy the fashions of Babylon. Read the rest of this entry

19. Dress Reform in the Sanctuary Part 3

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

We are studying God’s way in the sanctuary. Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary. Everything that we are studying about God’s way is not our natural way.

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

It is natural then for us to expect that what we are studying in reference to His way is going to be quite different to what we are used to. In fact, we are much lower and we’ve got to be lifted up to higher ground. In reference to the sanctuary and all that it teaches, we recall a text which we read in the early stages of our studies, in Ezekiel. Read the rest of this entry

18. Dress Reform and the Sanctuary Part 2

By John Thiel

God’s way in the sanctuary is the way of holiness.

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it [shall be] for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err [therein].

This way of holiness in the sanctuary is a highway of walking. In the Hebrew sanctuary who was responsible to show that way? The high priest.

Leviticus 10:9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: [it shall be] a statute for ever throughout your generations: 10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; 11 And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.

What was the responsibility of the priesthood? To show the way of holiness, to make a difference between the way that is unholy and the way that is holy and to show that to the people. The priests in their teaching and practice are to represent Jesus, God’s way. This is what we studied in the first part of our study about the dress of the priesthood. It was for beauty, for glory and for holiness. Read the rest of this entry

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