"The Urim and the Thummim." - Exod. xxviii. 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 bare 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 viii. 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. xxxiii.
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 forever."
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 forever.