Aaron and his sons must wear it whenever they enter the Tent of Meeting or approach the Altar to minister in the Holy Place so that they won’t incur guilt and die. This is a permanent rule for Aaron and all his priest-descendants. Exodus 28:42b-43 (TM)
It’s human nature to take for granted what we have, and forget what we should appreciate. On this side of Jesus’ resurrection and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, God’s presence is a given. Jesus is "with us always," and He is ever-present in each believer through the indwelling Holy Spirit.
As we read through these chapters of Exodus, it’s amazing what great lengths the Israelites were required to go just for one man to enter God’s presence on their behalf once a year. Not only that, for any willfully disobedient person to enter the presence of a Holy God was a death sentence.
It was that death sentence that Jesus incurred on our behalf when He died on the cross. No longer do we have to put on ornate metaphorical vestments and have some priest go to God on our behalf. God is available to any who will believe and receive Him into their life. We can be in Holy God’s presence each and every moment – now and forever.
As we are conscious of God’s presence in our lives today, let’s be thankful that we don’t have to go through all the ceremonial sacrifices and trapping of Exodus!