22 He also made the robe of the ephod all of blue, woven together, 23 and the collar of the robe in it was like the collar in a garment, with a reinforcement around the opening, so that it might not tear. 24 On the hem of the robe they made pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. 25 They also made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates all around the hem of the robe, between the pomegranates- 26 a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate around the hem of the robe for ministering, as the LORD had instructed Moses. 27 They also made the coats, woven of fine linen, for Aaron and his sons, 28 and the turban of fine linen, and the caps of fine linen, and the linen undergarments of fine twined linen, 29 and the sash of fine twined linen and of blue and purple and scarlet yarns, embroidered with needlework, as the LORD had instructed Moses. 30 They made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote on it an inscription, like the engraving of a signet, “Holy to the LORD.” 31 And they tied to it a cord of blue to fasten it on the turban above, as the LORD had instructed Moses.
a uniform for ministering
I never had a school uniform growing up, but on the mission field as a Bible College professor, I did. It seemed to make a difference for me. Putting on my school uniform every morning, I was reminded that this was more than a job. It is a calling, and it has a purpose, and that purpose goes beyond myself.
The priests under the Mosaic covenant also had a prescribed uniform. They had a calling, and a ministry, and the uniforms they wore reminded them of that ministry. They wore things that reminded them of the awesomeness of the LORD, and of the uniqueness of the twelve tribes of Israel. The priests were to be devoted to both their God and their people.
LORD, remind us each day of our calling and ministry to you, and to those you have called us to serve and lead.