Its on His Heart (Exodus 28-29)

 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. Exodus 28:30

Once again we find ourselves reading another section of Exodus that seems, at first glance, to have zero significance for our day.  But upon a deeper investigation we discover the significance of the High Priest ministry in Moses day and in our day.

First, we see the significance in Moses day:

God had directed Moses to build a Tabernacle for the people to worship in.  But without a priest how could the people meet and fellowship with God?  The people needed someone to represent them before God and God was calling the priest to represent Him before the people.

The Bible says, God directs Moses to select Aaron and his sons.  Before these men could serve as priests the following had to take place:

  • They had to be cleansed from their own sin.
  • They had to be set apart by God.
  • They had to be ordained by the people.
  • They were to be clothed in proper attire that represented everything they were doing and it would give a picture of the Great High Priest who was still to come.

For a moment I draw your attention to one piece of the Priest’s attire.  The Bible identifies this piece as the Breastpiece of Judgment. As the priest would approach God he would carry over his heart the symbolic reminder of the 12 tribes of Israel that he was representing. The Bible says, they were to be on his heart!!!  Is anyone getting this truth?

Second, we see the significance of our day:

All of this in Moses day was pointing us to the day that The Great High Priest would come.  When Jesus came, we were on His heart.  As He lived we were on His heart. As He went to the cross we were on His heart.  As He came out of the grave we were on His heart.  As He ascended back to Heaven, we were on His heart.  And as He sits at the right hand of God the Father, we are on His heart.

Hebrews 7:23-27 makes this so clear to us:

23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost[b] those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. 28 For 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 forever.

Brothers and sisters, here is what we take from today:

  1. Our High Priest is without sin and He continues before God forever and ever.
  2. Our High Priest loves us and is pleading before the Father on our behalf.
  3. Our High Priest understands what we face every day and desires to walk with us every step of our journey.  So take every think to Him, He cares for you.
  4. Our High Priest desires that we would have others on our heart today!!!

Take time to praise Him for having you on His heart!!!

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