“And they shall bind the breastpiece by its rings to the rings of the ephod with a lace of blue, that it may lie upon the skilfully woven band of the ephod, and that the breastpiece shall not come loose from the ephod. So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment upon his heart, when he goes into the holy place, to bring them to continual remembrance before the LORD. And in the breastpiece of judgment you shall put the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goes in before the LORD; thus Aaron shall bear the judgment of the people of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually.”
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
“Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever.”
In keeping with yesterday’s theme of when reading the Old Testament it is important to seek the spiritual message in the physical descriptions that God provides. The garments of the High Priest, as outlined in Exodus 28, have so many spiritual applications. The High Priest had a woven breastplate that had secured to it twelve stones; one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. Each stone had the name of a tribe inscribed on it. This breastplate when placed on the High Priest’s chest was folded in a way that it formed a pocket. In that pocket, placed over the High Priest’s heart, was the Urim and Thummim. the purpose for it was when the High Priest or king of Israel had a question they would ask God and then look to the Urim and Thummim for God’s answer.
Urim in Hebrew translates “light and Thummim “perfection”. From the time of Exodus to the book of Ezra the Urim and Thummim was used by the High Priest’s of Israel.
Our Urim and Thummim is Christ. When we come before God to ask Him a question we go through Christ, our light and perfection, as stated in John and Hebrews above. When Christ takes our prayers to God he goes before Him with his people over his heart. When God sees us, he sees us through Christ, we are able to be in His presence because of Christ’s light and perfection.
When we pray may we not forget or take for granted what a wonderful High Priest we have in Christ who presents us before God.