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The Garments of Religion

The Garments of Religion

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
LOUIS ALBERT BANKS


Thou shalt make holy garments ... for glory and
for beauty.— Exod. 28. 2.
LOUIS ALBERT BANKS


Thou shalt make holy garments ... for glory and
for beauty.— Exod. 28. 2.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Apr 28, 2014
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The Garments of Religion LOUIS ALBERT BAKSThou shalt make holy garments ... for glory and for beauty.— Exod. 28. 2. Aaron, the brother of Moses, was at the head of the Hebrew priesthood. And we have here given in most interesting detail the garments which were prepared for him and for his sons, who were to be with him in the line of priests. These priests entered into the holy place of the tabernacle and offered sacrifices for the people. They alone could enter there. Perhaps it seems to yon a far cry from these priests of thousands of years ago, under an old and out-worn dispensation, to a sermon which comes home to your own hearts and the conditions of your life. But I assure you that the sermon is not far away. The garments of these priests were symbolical and full of suggestion and teaching of the character necessary to every man and woman who would live worshipful and spiritual lives among men, and in the same sense in which these men were priests every Christian man or woman to-day is a priest unto God. Peter in his first epistle says : "Putting away therefore all wickedness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, 230 THE GARMETS OF RELIGIO 231 long for the spiritual milk which is without guile,
 
that ye may grow thereby unto salvation; if ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious ; unto whom coming, a living stone, rejected indeed of men, but with God elect, precious, ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, to be a holy priest- hood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." And again Peter says, "But ye are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God T s own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." Again, in the first chapter of Revelation, John, in the beginning of his great messages to the churches in Asia, dedicates it like this: "Unto him that loveth us, and loosed us from our sins by his blood; and he made us to be a kingdom, to be priests unto his God and father ; to him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever." Every Christian is a priest unto God. It does not need a dedicated tabernacle, but as a woman goes about her work in the kitchen, or as the busi- ness man puzzles over the problems at his desk, or the farmer follows his plow through the soil, he may enter into the holy place and offer spiritual sacrifices before God, and receive blessing from heaven. We may then apply all spiritual suggestions 232 THE GREAT THEMES OF THE BIBLE from these chapters which tell of the appropriate garments for the ancient priesthood to the robe of character, the garments which belong to true religion in our own day, as well as in any other
 
day in the history of man. I We have first suggested the robe of sincerity. The ephod was the principal garment of the priest. It was this that designated him as a worshiper. It practically covered the body, and was all of one piece, made of the finest material, blue in color. The color of the heavens clothed the worshiper as he went into the holy place. And so the principal garment of the Christian to-day must be a sincere, genuine, frank, open-hearted attitude toward his God and toward his fellows. Dr. George Gordon says of all the qualities in a noble character this of sincerity is the most widely and deeply interesting. Many men who do not value as they should the qualities of gentle- ness and patience will respond most heartily to this grand quality of sincerity. He argues that the reason for this is that to properly appreciate the graces of gentleness and meekness and patience requires a certain degree of moral experience and spiritual cultivation, whereas anybody with the common human instincts of a man or a woman can appreciate sincerity. If you were to bring before THE GARMETS OF RELIGIO 233 this audience some great singer, and ask her to sing what she considers her most perfect song, it would be appreciated, I imagine, by only a small number of us. But if afterward she were to sing some song of Tom Moore's or of Bobby Burns's, all our hearts would be touched, and appreciation and delight would be on every face. The response would be at once intense and universal. The reason

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