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Month: September 2016

What does this mean to us?

What does this mean to us?

 

Like I have mentioned before, to me studying God’s Word means more than just reading it! I want to know why He did certain things the way He did! I know it isn’t possible to know the mind of God; but, I’m pretty sure He was hoping we loved Him enough to look into His Word with some curiosity and hunger to know Him better!  After all, He made us with a mind to think outside the box.  When we consider how far civilization has come since Moses and the Israelites were in the wilderness; we know we got here because someone wasn’t content with the way things were!!  I think of when we didn’t even know what a television was, for example.  Now we have to have one for every room!  I could go on and on, but you know what I mean!

So I have been thinking of the Ephod and the Breastpiece; I realize there is a lot more to study regarding the High Priest’s clothing. There is even more on my mind that I haven’t even begun to touch on!  But, I want to take some time here and reflect on some of the symbols we have already studied.

First I looked up the colors in Nave’s Topical Bible. I started with red but it referenced me to “colors”.  Crimson, red, purple and scarlet were all referenced together as “symbols of various ideas:    Symbols of royalty:   Judges 8:26;  Daniel 5:7, 16. 29;  Matt. 27:28; Symbols of prosperity: 2 Sam. 1:24;  Prov. 31:21;  Lam. 4:5  and Symbols of conquest: Nah. 2:3;  Rev 12:3

These symbols figured largely in the symbolisms of the tabernacle furnishings, and priestly vestments and functions, as types and shadows of the atonement.” Nave’s Topical Bible p213

White is:“Symbol of Holiness: The High Priest’s holy garments were of white linen,  Lev 16:4, 32; Choir singers arrayed in white,  2 Chr. 5:12; Scriptures employing the symbol of white: Psalm. 51:7;  Isaiah 1:18;  Daniel 7:9;  Daniel 11:35;  Daniel 12:10;  Matthew 17:1”       Nave’s Tropical Bible p 214( see more)

Blue is: Symbol of Deity: Ex. 24:10;  Jer. 10:9;  Ezek. 1:26, 10:1 Nave’s Tropical Bible p212 (and more)  

The gold that was embroidered into the Ephod and the Breastpiece symbolizes Christ’s heavenly ministry as great High Priest for us. The stones on each shoulder-piece of the Ephod, each with six tribes’ names written on it, symbolized that Jesus is the Good Shepherd that knows His sheep and goes after each one that is lost (Luke 15:4).   The shoulder stones represent Jesus bearing all of His people before God in heaven as He intercedes for us (Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25).

The twelve precious stones on the Breastpiece, one for each of the twelve tribes engraved upon them, shows the Good Shepherd knows His sheep so well He calls them each by their own name (John 10:3). The High Priest bears the names on the Breatpiece “over his heart” when he goes before the Lord “as a memorial” (Exodus 28:29) which foreshadows the eternal love of the Lord Jesus for His sheep    (John 3:1).

All this is not for those who do not believe. Sadly, they are not yet written on His heart. They are like the rich man in Luke 16:19, whose name is not even known; compared to the name of Lazarus who is known even to Abraham (read Luke 16:19-31).

All of the Priestly garments and items have a wonderful significance. Once we understand what these tell us about our heavenly High Priest, Jesus, we will understand how thankful we are to God and want to draw even closer to Him! (read Hebrews 13:15; 10:22) 

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High Priest Clothing: The Breastpiece

High Priest Clothing: The Breastpiece

We have looked at the Ephod the High Priest wore. It had two parts, a front and a back, that were fastened with two shoulder pieces with straps of braided chain of gold and held to the body with a beautiful woven belt at the waist.  On the shoulders were two onyx stones with the names of Israel’s tribes: 6 on each stone.  When Aaron, the High Priest would enter the Tabernacle, he would be bearing Israel’s name before God.

“You are to make an embroidered breastpiece for making decisions. Make it with the same workmanship as the ephod; make it of gold, of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and of finely spun linen.  It must be square and folded double, nine inches long and nine inches wide. Place a setting of gemstones on it, four rows of stones:  The first row should be  row of carnelian, topaz, and emerald;  the second row, a turquoise, a sapphire, and a diamond  the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;  and the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper.  They should be adorned with gold filigree in their settings.   The 12 stones are to correspond to the names of Israel’s  sons.  Each stone must be engraved like a seal, with one of the names of the 12 tribes.”  Exodus 29:15-21  HCSBbreastplate

The High Priest’s Breastpiece was to be made from the same cloth as the Ephod and was to be a 9” square folded double to make a “pocket” with 12 precious stones mounted in gold settings; four rows of 3 stones each.  Each stone had a name of a tribe of Israel engraved on it.  Each stone was a precious gem.

You are to make braided chains of pure gold cord work for the breastpiece. Fashion two gold rings for the breastpiece and attach them to its two corners.  Then attach the two gold cords to the two gold rings at the corners of the breastpiece.  Attach the other ends of the two cords to the two filigree settings, and in this way attach them to the ephod’s shoulder pieces in the front.  Make two other gold rings and put them at the two other corners of the breastpiece on the edge that is next to the inner border of the ephod. Make two more gold rings and attach them to the bottom of the ephod’s two shoulder pieces on its front, close to its seam, and above the ephod’s woven waistband.  The craftsmen are to tie the breastpiece from its rings to the rings of the ephod with a cord of blue yarn, so that the breastpiece is above the ephod’s waistband and does not come loose from the ephod”  Exodus 28:22-28 HCSB

The Breastpiece was attached snugly over the Ephod by four gold chains. Two of the chains were slipped through gold rings at the upper corners of the Breastpiece and attached to the Ephod’s shoulder pieces.  The other two gold chains were slipped through gold rings at the lower corners of the Breastpiece; attached to the side seams of the ephod and tied with a blue cord to the belt at the waist. 

“Whenever he enters the sanctuary, Aaron is to carry the names of Israel’s sons over his heart on the breastpiece for decisions, as a continual reminder before the Lord.  Place the Urim and Thummim in the breastpiece for decisions, so that they will also be over Aaron’s heart whenever he comes before the Lord. Aaron will continually carry the means of decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the Lord.”  Exodus 28:29-30breastplate2

The Breastpiece over Aaron’s heart (which is mentioned three times in these verses) was to serve as a continual memorial before the LORD. Another purpose for the Breastpiece was carrying the Urim and the Thummim, which were used by the priests to make decisions for the Israelites.  They were held always in the “pocket” formed by the Breastpiece.

“The words, Urim and Thummim means “lights” and “perfections” and are referred to in Numbers 27:21, 1 Samuel 30:7-8, Ezra 2:63 and Nehemiah 7:65 . They were means of seeking from God through the priest answers to questions and crises beyond human perception.  Apparently the Urim and Thummim were two stones.  How they were used in determining God’s will is unknown, but some suggest the Urim represented a negative answer and the Thummim represented a positive answer.  Perhaps this view is indicated by the fact that Urim begins with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and Thummim with the last letter.”  The Bible Knowledge Commentary p152urim

 

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New Great Grandson, Andrew Jackson!

New Great Grandson, Andrew Jackson!

Sorry, Fellow Pilgrims,  but due to becoming Great Grandmother again this evening; there won’t be a new lesson on Wed, Sept 14.  My New Great Grandson, Andrew Jackson, was born weighing in at 7″#  !  Making us very happy and very proud!  Thank you, LORD, for the miracle of a birth!  May his name be written always on The Palm of Your Hand!

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