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In addition to brother Mark's beautiful explanation of the ephod, I just want to add that the scriptures both old and new testaments have physical and spiritual connotations. The spiritual is what produces the life and character of God in us. The physical does not of course produce life -just knowledge. The ephod as seen in Exodus is part of the garment that must be worn by Moses and his sons in order to qualify to minister to The Lord. When we become born again, we are priest unto God, therefore we must be clothed properly with all of those pieces of clothing in Exodus 28: 4 to be able to minister to God in prayers, worship and ministration of the word. The breastplate speaks of guarding our hearts and our walk in righteousness before The Lord - put on the breastplate of righteousness so that you can withstand the wiles of the enemy, guarding our hearts from pollution such as evil thoughts that defile us. We must have the breastplate on at all times by speaking God's words upon our hearts. Ephod: speaks of ministry, we must be properly clothed to minister unto God and to the brethren. The ephod had two stones- the Urim and Thummim. Symbolically means lights and perfection. The priest must have lights of the word of God, and also the spirit of discernment. Robe- usually a long tunic that covers properly. The Lord clothes us with his nature, character, garments of salvation and robes of righteousness. Isaiah 61:10. As priests we must allow The Lord to cover us at all times as we minister to him. Remember these were physical clothing for the priest, but in our worship today, they symbolize spiritual clothing in our spiritual worship. Mitre-usually placed on the forehead- speaks of cleansing on our minds, thought patterns, wills and emotions. Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus. Phil 2:5. Be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewal of your mind. Rom. 12:2 Girdle : usually placed around the waist- this speaks of ability to reproduce, not barren in spiritual things. The life of Christ that we have should help us birth children into God's kingdom. We must reach out to the dying world. Our spiritual calling is beautiful if we understand the scriptures. We do not need to go to any bible school to learn how to interpret scriptures. As we stay in the presence of The Lord, and delight in him daily, the Holy Spirit will teach us, and the scriptures will open up to us and give us light and life. The letter kills but the spirit gives life. Amen
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