Sh'mot (Exodus) Chapter 28 (Continued)

Sh'mot 28:15-29 "And you shall make a breastpiece of judgment, the work of a skillful workman; like the work of the ephod you shall make it: of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen you shall make it. It shall be square and folded double, a span in length and a span in width. And you shall mount on it four rows of stones; the first row shall be a row of ruby (Re'uven), topaz (Shim'on) and emerald (Z'vulun); and the second row a turquoise (Y'hudah), a sapphire (Yissakhar) and a diamond (Asher); and the third row a jacinth, (Dan) an agate (Naftali) and an amethyst (Gad); and the fourth row a beryl (Levi) and an onyx (Yosef) and a jasper (Binyamin); they shall be set in gold filigree. And the stones shall be according to the names of the sons of Israel: twelve, according to their names; they shall be like the engravings of a seal, each according to his name for the twelve tribes. And you shall make on the breastpiece chains of twisted cordage work in pure gold. And you shall make on the breastpiece two rings of gold, and shall put the two rings on the two ends of the breastpiece. And you shall put the two cords of gold on the two rings at the ends of the breastpiece. And you shall put the other two ends of the two cords on the two filigree settings, and put them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod, at the front of it. And you shall make two rings of gold and shall place them on the two ends of the breastpiece, on the edge of it, which is toward the inner side of the ephod. And you shall make two rings of gold and put them on the bottom of the two shoulder pieces of the ephod, on the front of it close to the place where it is joined, above the skillfully woven band of the ephod. And they shall bind the breastpiece by its rings to the rings of the ephod with a blue cord, that it may be on the skillfully woven band of the ephod, and that the breastpiece may not come loose from the ephod. And Aharon shall carry the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment over his heart when he enters the holy place, for a memorial before the L-RD continually.

What a wonderful and glorious image the breastpiece would make. Different beautiful colored shining stones that each would represent the twelve tribes. Those that know Yeshua our High Priest of good things to come will also receive a stone to represent our individual name. We "DO NOT" replace the stones of Israel. Individuals who are part of Israel can also receive an individual stone and individual name from Yeshua The High Priest of good things to come. He brings eternal redemption and the ultimate eternal transformation.

Revelation 2:17 To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.'

We will all eternally shine like beautiful stones. We will shine like Him.

Daniel 12:3 And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Mattityahu (Matthew) 13:43 "Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Revelation 21:9-11 "Come here, I shall show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from G-d, having the glory of G-d. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.

Sh'mot 28:30 And you shall put in the breastpiece of judgment the Urim and the tumim (Thummim), and they shall be over Aharon's heart when he goes in before the L-RD; and Aharon shall carry the judgment of the sons of Israel over his heart before the L-RD continually.

The judgment of the Father came upon His only Son also. His Son became our scapegoat for our ugliness.

Sh'mot 28:31-32 "And you shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue. And there shall be an opening at its top in the middle of it; around its opening there shall be a binding of woven work, as it were the opening of a coat of mail, that it may not be torn.

The blue is symbolic of the sky above and the station above of our ultimate High Priest. His priesthood was and is in another dimension, the third heaven. The fact that the coat was not torn points to the fact that the ultimate High Priest above did not have anything ever to be ashamed of so He would not have any reason to ever tear His coat.

Hebrews 7:26-28 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins, and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the Torah appoints men as High Priests (cohanim g'dolim) who have weaknesses, but the word of the oath, which came after the Torah, appoints a Son, made perfect forever.

Sh'mot 28:33-35 And you shall make on its hem pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet material, all around on its hem, and bells of gold between them all around: a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, all around on the hem of the robe. And it shall be on Aharon when he ministers; and its tinkling may be heard when he enters and leaves the holy place before the L-RD, that he may not die.

When the cohen gadol (High Priest) had to go into the Holy of Holies he had to be right with HaShem. If he was not right with G-d He could be struck dead right inside the Holy of Holies. If this did happen nobody would know about it and no one could go and retrieve his body. So the Priest had bells on his hem in order for them to hear him still walking around and know that he was still ok. He also had a rope tied around his ankle so that if they did not hear the bells any longer they would know that he had been cut off and would have to pull his body out with the rope.

The pomegranate is a fruit and represents fruitfulness. Pomegranates are purple and also known for their many seeds. We are to advance the kingdom by bringing others into the kingdom by planting the seeds of the living Word, Yeshua. We are used by G-d to bring people to Him, into His royal priesthood. So the good works we are to desire is bearing fruit for the L-rd.

I am the vine you are the branches abide in Me and you will bear much fruit.

Philippians 1:21-25 For to me, to live is Messiah, and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Messiah, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.

Bearing fruit is telling others about the Messiah by spreading the seeds and so the Father will lead them to become children that will rise to eternal life through the Messiah to a place above.

Yochanan (John) 15:16 "You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit,

1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed (be) the G-d and Father of our L-rd Yeshua HaMashiach, who according to his great mercy begot us again to a living hope by the resurrection of Yeshua HaMashiach from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who by the power of G-d are guarded through faith to a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Corinthians 15:42-52 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual (body). So also it is written, the first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam (became) a life-giving spirit. Howbeit that is not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; then that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is of heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. Look, I tell you a mystery: We all shall not sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

Now to the seal:

Sh'mot 28:36-39 "You shall also make a plate of pure gold and shall engrave on it, like the engravings of a seal, 'Holy to the L-RD.' "And you shall fasten it on a blue cord, and it shall be on the turban; it shall be at the front of the turban. And it shall be on Aharon's forehead, and Aharon shall take away the iniquity of the holy things which the sons of Israel consecrate, with regard to all their holy gifts; and it shall always be on his forehead, that they may be accepted before the L-RD. And you shall weave the tunic of checkered work of fine linen, and shall make a turban of fine linen, and you shall make a sash, the work of a weaver.

Those with this seal were considered "Holy to the L-rd". Our ultimate High Priest seals us with Ruach HaKodesh when we enter the royal priesthood. We too are then considered "Holy to the L-rd."

Ephesians 1:13-14 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the good news of your salvation-- having also believed, you were sealed in Him with Ruach HaKodesh of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of G-d's own possession, to the praise of His glory.

144,000 Jewish people, 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes, will also be sealed and considered "Holy to the L-rd" during the time of Ya'akov's trouble in the future.

Revelation 7:3-8 "Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the bond-servants of our G-d on their foreheads." And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: from the tribe of Y'hudah, twelve thousand were sealed, from the tribe of Re'uven twelve thousand, from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand, from the tribe of Asher twelve thousand, from the tribe of Naftali twelve thousand, from the tribe of M'nasheh twelve thousand, from the tribe of Shim'on twelve thousand, from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand, from the tribe of Yissakhar twelve thousand, from the tribe of Z'vulun twelve thousand, from the tribe of Yosef twelve thousand, from the tribe of Binyamin, twelve thousand were sealed.

Sh'mot 28:40-43 "And for Aharon's sons you shall make tunics; you shall also make sashes for them, and you shall make caps for them, for glory and for beauty. And you shall put them on Aharon your brother and on his sons with him; and you shall anoint them and ordain them and consecrate them, that they may serve Me as priests. And you shall make for them linen breeches to cover their bare flesh; they shall reach from the loins even to the thighs. And they shall be on Aharon and on his sons when they enter the tent of meeting, or when they approach the altar to minister in the holy place, so that they do not incur guilt and die. It shall be a statute forever to him and to his descendants after him.

They wore the undergarments so that they do no incur guilt and die. This points to us as believers who are clothed in the righteousness of the Messiah for eternal salvation.

Romans 4:16-25 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by mercy and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring-not only to those who are of the Torah but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of G-d, in whom he believed-the G-d who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be." Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead-since he was about a hundred years old-and that Sarah's womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of G-d, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to G-d, being fully persuaded that G-d had power to do what he had promised. This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness." The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom G-d will credit righteousness-for us who believe in him who raised Yeshua our L-rd from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

Yesha'yahu (Isaiah) 61:10-11 I will rejoice greatly in the L-RD, My soul will exult in my G-d; For He has clothed me with "GARMENTS" of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her "JEWELS". For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, So the L-rd G-D will cause righteousness and praise To spring up before all the nations.

Tehillim (Psalms) 132:9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; and let your godly ones sing for joy.