Read: Exodus 28-29
Marked: Exodus 28:1, “Now take Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister to Me as priest, Aaron [and] Aaron’s sons: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.”
These chapters detail the choosing, consecration, and ministry of the first priests. The priests ministered to God.
According to verse 36 the priests wore a headpiece of pure gold inscribed with the words: “Holiness to the Lord”. He also wore two stones (V12) on his shoulders as memorial stones for the sons of Israel bearing them up before the Lord.
Additionally, a breastplate with twelve stones on it (V12), with the names of the twelves sons of Israel engraved on them covered his heart.
The priest was a shadow of Christ, who stood between God and man, and was holy to the Lord, representing God to man but also loving man to represent them to God.
Luke 10:27 says the two great commandments are to love God and to love your neighbour. A Christian, according to 1 Peter 2:5 is a member of a holy priesthood, and is to represent God to man but also love man, hold man in his heart, and bear with them to bring them to God.
The priest, a marvellous picture of Christ the Lord, modelling for us how we are to present ourselves to God and to others.