Posted by: peebles | October 13, 2013

Exodus 28:30 (NIV) ~ “Also put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastplate, so they may be over Aaron’s heart whenever he enters the presence of the LORD. Thus Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the LORD.”

The Urim and the Thummim. These two words are mentioned together five times in Scripture (Exodus 28:30, Lev 8:8 Num 7:65, Deut 33:8 and Ezra 2:63). The Urim is also mentioned in 1 Sam 28:6. These items were very important to the Jewish Priesthood. First of all, the literal translation of these words is “light and perfection”. These objects were used for God to bring His light of truth and perfect answer to something very important.  

God only gives one of three answers to a question, “yes”, “no” and “wait” (or ask again later). Imagine a coin, on one side is “heads”, and the other side “tails”. The priest would draw them with his hand from the breastplate and if it was two heads, the answer would be “yes”, and if two tails, the answer would be “no”. However, if it came out one head and the other tails, the answer would be “wait, ask again later”. 

Nothing simply happens by chance for the Bible says in Proverbs 16:33 (NIV) The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.

It is very interesting where these objects were placed. They were placed within the breastplate, over the heart of the priest. The breastplate was made of gold with twelve precious stones, which sparkled. As the priest faced the Lord, and then the people, it was used as a visual aid, a constant reminder, with every color of the rainbow, that God is a covenant keeping God, a God who keeps His promise. 

Just as the Urim and Thummim, “light and perfection”, were placed behind the breastplate, we can see a foreshadow of something far greater as later revealed in Revelation chapter 21, that the foundations of the city of God are made of gold with twelve precious stones that sparkle. Within the city, the glory of God gives light, and the Lamb is the Lamp. From the Lamb comes prefect salvation. 

The Bible says of Jesus in Hebrews 12:2 (NIV), that He is the author and perfector of our faith. The Bible also says in John 8:12, that Jesus is the Light of the world. He, Jesus, is also our great High Priest. From the heart of the Lord comes His light, His truth and His perfect answer.  

Furthermore, Jesus Christ is the High Priest and mediator of a new Covenant, when we ask the Lord for something; He does not have to draw an object from His heart, but from His heart comes His truth, His light and the perfect answer to our prayers. He has sent into our hearts the Holy Spirit who will guide us in all truth, for the Holy Spirit knows the heart and will of God for your life and His plan for your life is amazing.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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