Horatius Bonar – Christ Our High Priest: Bearing the Iniquity of Our Holy Things

And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD. And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.” Exodus 28:36-38

The sacrifices under the Law were of various kinds. They were not merely numerous and often repeated, but they were manifold in their nature and design. True, there was but one altar, one High Priest, one tabernacle — all foreshadowing the one Savior. But there were manifold offerings, differing the one from the other, to set forth the “manifold grace of God” (1 Pet. 4:10), and the manifold perfections of Him in Whom it pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell (Col 1:19). Thus these sacrifices, by means of their diversity, were all the more exactly fitted to prefigure Him Who is the fountain opened for all sin and for all uncleanness; and the High Priest, in the continual offering up of these, as well as in the performance of the various kindred offices pertaining to the tabernacle, did the more fully exhibit Him in all His completeness as the Servant of the varied wants of sinners.

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