Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown
Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle—as occupying the intermediate space between the court where the people stood, and the dwelling-place of Israel's king, and therefore the fittest spot for the priests being duly prepared for entrance, and the people witnessing the ceremony of inauguration.
wash them with water. And . . . take the garments—The manner in which these parts of the ceremonial were performed is minutely described, and in discovering their symbolical import, which indeed, is sufficiently plain and obvious, we have inspired authority to guide us. It signified the necessity and importance of moral purity or holiness (Isaiah 52:11; John 13:10; II Corinthians 7:1; I Peter 3:21). In like manner, the investiture with the holy garments signified their being clothed with righteousness (Revelation 19:8) and equipped as men active and well-prepared for the service of God; the anointing the high priest with oil denoted that he was to be filled with the influences of the Spirit, for the edification and delight of the church (Leviticus 10:7; Psalms 45:7; Isaiah 61:1; I John 2:27), and as he was officially a type of Christ (Hebrews 7:26; John 3:34; also Matthew 3:16; Matthew 11:29).
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