Robes of Priests and Kings

“And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that bare the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah the master of the song with the singers: David also had upon him an ephod of linen. Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps. And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.” 1 Chronicles 15:27-29 (KJV)

The “linen robe” and the “ephod of linen” were garments of the priests (Exodus 28:5-14). King David was celebrating the bringing of the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem because in his first attempt he had failed to consult the LORD and His word on the matter (15:13).

There was singing. There was dancing. There was such a jubilant celebration of worship to the LORD as the ark is brought into the city.

Michal, David’s wife, was not pleased with David. What was her problem. It was not because he was actually naked as what some suppose; but it was because he had stripped off his robes, the garments of being king, and put on the garments of a priest.

On David’s part it was an act of humility. On Michal’s part it was vanity and pride. Because of Michal’s act she would never have children.

David is representative of all Christians, in that when we come to God through His Son Jesus we are made priests ourselves and can through the blood of Jesus go directly to the throne room of the Most High (1 Peter 2:9;  Hebrews 4:16).

For further reading you may want to check out Shoulders of Blessing and On a Cart


One thought on “Robes of Priests and Kings

  1. This is amazing, and can you believe that our pastor taught on this very scenario of David’s exuberance before the Lord? The point was that his wife hated him in her heart, but he was freely expressing his love for God, and as you mentioned, he was dressed in the robes of the priests instead of his kingly robe. This also displeased her. What a marvelous blessing that you and our church both teach on the same things and I still learn even more. A fortunate event and it “doubles my pleasure” as that old commercial says. Again, just want you to know how much I enjoy your blog posts. And I hope you are enjoying mine. Have a blessed day. The purpose of our pastor’s teaching, in part, was to encourage us to be just this emotional as we praise God and usher in His presence. I was already dancing and worshiping, but he wanted the ones who were not as uninhibited to attempt to really show God our love. thanks for what you do. It always blesses me. jlehman1945

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