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Exodus 28, vs. 29-35 with Betty

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nd Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually.

30 And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goeth in before the Lord: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the Lord continually.

31 And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue.

32 And there shall be an hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent.

33 And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about:

34 A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about.

35 And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the Lord, and when he cometh out, that he die not.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

The instructions about Aaron and his priesthood continue in Exodus Chapter 28. We learn more about his garments and his breastplate and we learn that round the hem of his garment he is to have a row of bells alternating with pomegranates (I assume something like the decorative balls we sometimes use on curtains today). The robe with those bells is to be worn by Aaron so that his sound shall be heard each time he goes into the holy place before the Lord so that he will not die.

It is amazing to me the great detail that is given in the bible regarding the creation of the tabernacle and the dressing of the priest. When the people had finished doing all these things to precision in order to honor the Lord, there is no doubt that the tabernacle and the priesthood that ministered there would be sumptuous enough to truly honor the Lord God.

Betty Killebrew

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