June—26 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

The Urim and the Thummim.—Exodus 28:30.

There is somewhat very interesting in this account of the Urim and the Thummim; though, in the present distance of time, we can at the best form nothing more than conjectures as to what it was. But, through grace, and the teaching of the Holy Ghost, we can have clear views of what it meant. The general acceptations of the Hebrew words are, lights and perfections. And as Aaron, as high-priest, became a lively type of Christ, so, by bearing on his breast-plate the Urim and the Thummim, there can be no difficulty in beholding Jesus represented as the light and perfection of his people. And as Aaron bore all the names of the people upon his breast, where the Urim and Thummim were worn, how delightful is it to see Jesus thus represented, as bearing all the persons of his redeemed, in his own light and perfection, when he goes in before the presence of God for us! Sweet and precious thought to the believer! And now the Church cries out: “Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm.” (Song 8:6.) And so important did this appear to Moses, when dying, that he expressly prayed that “the Thummim and the Urim might be with Jehovah’s Holy One.” (Deut. 33:8.) Now here we have at once the application of the whole. For who is Jehovah’s Holy One, but the Lord Jesus Christ? With him it eminently remained, and with him only. For during the captivity, it was lost with the temple, and was never again restored. But with Jesus, the continuance of it was everlasting, for he hath “an unchangeable priesthood, and is the same yesterday, and to-day and for ever.” Precious Lord Jesus! be thou the Urim and the Thummim to my soul; for thou art both the light and perfection of thy people, in grace here, and glory for ever.[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 195–196). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

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