They prepared him for the crucifixion (Mt 27:31-27:31)

“After mocking him,

They stripped him

Of the robe.

They put his own clothes

On him.

Then they led him away

To crucify him.”

 

καὶ ὅτε ἐνέπαιξαν αὐτῷ, ἐξέδυσαν αὐτὸν τὴν χλαμύδα καὶ ἐνέδυσαν αὐτὸν τὰ ἱμάτια αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἀπήγαγον αὐτὸν εἰς τὸ σταυρῶσαι.

 

This is almost word for word in Mark, chapter 15:20, but not in Luke or John.  After they finished mocking or ridiculing Jesus (καὶ ὅτε ἐνέπαιξαν αὐτῷ), they stripped him of his military so-called royal robe (ἐξέδυσαν αὐτὸν τὴν χλαμύδα).  They put his own clothes on him (καὶ ἐνέδυσαν αὐτὸν τὰ ἱμάτια αὐτοῦ), as they led him away to crucify him (καὶ ἀπήγαγον αὐτὸν εἰς τὸ σταυρῶσαι).

The installation of Eliakim (Isa 22:20-22:21)

“On that day,

I will call my servant Eliakim,

Son of Hilkiah.

I will clothe him with your robe.

I will bind your sash on him.

I will commit your authority

To his hand.

He shall be a father

To the inhabitants of Jerusalem,

To the house of Judah.”

Yahweh, via Isaiah, will call Eliakim son of Hilkiah to take the place of Shebna. Eliakim is mentioned about 10 times between here in Isaiah and 2 Kings, chapter 18-19. He was the leader of the royal palace of King Hezekiah, who conducted the peace negotiations with the Assyrian invaders. On the day that Shebna was removed from his position, Eliakim was installed as the new master of the royal palace, but he seems to get more authority than his predecessor. Eliakim got Shebna’s robe and sash with all the authority that came with it. However, he also was to be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the house of Judah, a much bigger title.

The blue robe (Ex 28:31-28:35)

“You shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue.  It shall have an opening for the head in the middle of it, with a woven binding around the opening, like the opening in a coat of mail, so that it may not be torn.  On its lower hem you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, all around the lower him, with bells of gold between them all around.  There is a golden bell and a pomegranate alternating all around the lower hem of the robe.  Aaron shall wear it when he ministers.  Its sound shall be heard when he goes into the holy place before Yahweh, and when he comes out, so that they may not die.”

The robe of the ephod is to be all blue.  This is worn under the ephod. It shall have an opening for the head in the middle of it, with a woven binding around the opening. T he hem shall have a golden bell and pomegranates of blue, purple, and crimson yarns.  Thus when Aaron was coming or going into the holy place, the bell would sound so that everyone should get out of the way of they would die.                  

 

The priestly vestments (Ex 28:1-28:5)

“Then bring near to you your brother Aaron, and his sons with him, from among the Israelites, to serve me as priests.   Aaron and Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar will serve as priests.  You shall make sacred vestments for the glorious adornment of your brother Aaron. You shall speak to all who have ability, whom I have endowed with skill, that they make Aaron’s vestments to consecrate him for my priesthood.  These are the vestments that they shall make: a breastplate, an ephod, a robe, a checkered tunic, a turban, and a sash.  When they make these sacred vestments for your brother Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests, they shall use gold, blue, purple, and crimson yarns and fine linens.”

Aaron and his 4 sons will serve as priests to Yahweh.  There is no mention of Moses’ 2 sons.  Skilled workers were needed to make Aaron’s vestments so that he could be consecrated to the priesthood.  The following are the vestments that will be laid with gold, blue, purple, and crimson yarns and linens: 1) a breastplate, 2) an ephod, 3) a robe, 4) a checkered tunic, 5) a turban, 6) and a sash.