The High Priest
Today’s reading: Exodus 26:1-28:30
My selection: Exodus 28:29-30
29 So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment on his heart, when he goes into the Holy Place, to bring them to regular remembrance before the Lord. 30 And in the breastpiece of judgment you shall put the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be on Aaron’s heart, when he goes in before the Lord. Thus Aaron shall bear the judgment of the people of Israel on his heart before the Lord regularly.
My reflections: Aaron was the designated high priest of ancient Israel who would go into the Holy Place to bring to the Lord the names of the sons of Israel, all the tribes of God’s chosen people. He also bore the judgment of the people before God as symbolized by a breastplate which contained the mysterious Urim and Thummim through which the priest received oracles from God.
All this was a mere shadow of what would one day come when the true and perfect High Priest of a higher order than Aaron, the Lord Jesus Christ, would enter not an earthly tabernacle but the heavenly one bearing on His heart the judgment of His people, the true Spiritual Israel. There will be much more about that in the New Testament (Hebrews 4:14 ff).
My challenge: God had an amazing and wise purpose for laying out the details of the Old Testament priesthood. He was putting in place a graphic depiction of the ministry of His Son, Jesus. As Paul cried out in Romans 11:33
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
If you know Christ as your High Priest who bears your name and your judgment before God, give Him praise for the great salvation that is yours in Him.
Tomorrow’s reading: Exodus 28:31-30:21