The breastpiece of the High Priest was worn over the heart. Read Hebrews from chapter 4:14 to chapter 8. It is very heartening to realise that Christ carries us over His heart!
“So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgement on his heart, when he goes into the Holy Place, to bring them to regular remembrance before the LORD.”
Aaron bore the names of God’s people into the Holy Place as high priest.
As we read on, he also bore the judgement of God’s people on his heart before the LORD regularly, as well as the guilt.
The high priest had a pretty scary job in one sense, coming into the presence of the Almighty God to represent the people and their guilt.
From the book of Hebrews we know that our great high priest Jesus – From the perspective of a guilt-bearing sacrifice He entered once for all into the holy places.
And these were not earthly man-made holy places (such as a tabernacle, wondrous though it might have been), copies of the heavenly things.
But Jesus offered Himself a sacrifice into heaven itself, appearing in the presence of God on our behalf. And not repeatedly (regularly as Aaron had to do), but once.
This is Jesus, the ever-living high priest – Praise God, what a Saviour!
* Great God,
Thank You for Jesus, our great high priest.
Thank You that we see Jesus here in Exodus, as we read of Aaron as high priest and what he had to do.
Thank You for calling us to be Your people.
Please help us see Jesus today and onwards, to take hold of the salvation He won as a once-for-all sacrifice.