They shall have linen turbans on their heads, and linen undergarments around their waists. They shall not bind themselves with anything that causes sweat. – Ezekiel 44:18
The Old Covenant was a shadow, a representation of what was coming in the New Covenant. It was a Covenant of fading glory, of effort, of works, of pleasing God by keeping rules. But even then it still had Christ at the center of the Covenant. The shadows were there to show that the free gift of righteousness through Christ is the heart of God for mankind.
The priest’s were instructed to cover their heads with linen. Linen is the material of the New Covenant, for it absorbs the sweat of human effort. The human power of the mind may be awesome, understanding and knowledge can be rewarding but ultimately it is to be covered in the finished work of Christ at the cross. The linen turban soaked up sweat by human effort, the only way to please God is to trust in His grace.
We need to be mesmerized by the cross, we need to see everything through the lense of the finished work and we need to live in the permanent and ever increasing glory of the New Covenant.
Christ is the word of God, the Bible is his love letter to us, so let us read his word through the kaleidoscope of grace and the magnifying glass of Christ.