To get a clearer understanding of this text, read “Come Out” Parts One and Two.
1 Chronicles 24 has been the basis of the “Come Out!” series. And the main point that we must understand is that in these last days God’s people must show themselves separate from the world, by keeping His Ten Commandments and having the faith of Jesus, (Revelation 14:12).
Throughout the Bible there is a theme revolving around priesthood. In texts like 1 Chronicles 24:6, 19, 30, 31; 1 Peter 2:9, 10; Hebrews 3:1, and even Hebrews 4, a beautiful connection can be made concerning God’s remnant and the Holy Sabbath day of rest.
However, as promised in “Come Out! Part Two,” I will explain what the stones Urim and Thummim are. Urim and Thummim are stones on the high priest’s ephod, (Exodus 28:30). The LORD explains how the stones must be worn as such: “And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and 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,” (Exodus 28:30). My research on these stones revealed that these were decision making stones, (White 351).
Ellen G. White, one of God’s inspired prophetesses, writes in the book Patriarchs and Prophets:
At the right and left of the breastplate were two large stones of great brilliancy. These were known as the Urim and Thummim. By them the will of God was made known through the high priest. When questions were brought for decision before the LORD a halo of light encircling the precious stone at the right was a token of approval, while a cloud shadowing the stone at the left was an evidence of denial or disapprobation.
So, we see that in the breastplate of judgment decisions were made.
Now, to relate all three parts of this series the seventh-day Sabbath must be addressed.
Take a look at Hebrews 3:1,3,7-8 it reads:
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;…For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house…Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the day of temptation in the wilderness.
The very first verse reminds us of who the High Priest is now, which is Christ Jesus. The latter verses bid us to listen to and honor the voice of our High Priest as He is the glory that shined on Moses. In fact, Hebrews 3 and 4 allude to Exodus 16 when the LORD tested the people by telling them to pick up double the amount of manna on the sixth day and not to go out to collect manna on the seventh day as it is holy. Of course, the stiff-necked Israelites did not all listen and some tempted the LORD by going out on the seventh day, Sabbath, to pick up manna. We are told not to follow that example and just to listen to the Holy Ghost and keep the Sabbath of the LORD. In fact, David in Psalm 95 speaks about the children of Israel tempting the LORD and how we should instead listen to Him.
So the question is then asked, how do we become a part of the remnant of God. Hebrews 3:14 has the answer, “For we are made partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.” In Part Two we already established that priests represent the remnant out of the remnant. And since Christ Jesus is the High Priest, keeping the Sabbath which existed from the beginning, (Genesis 2:1-3 & 1 Peter 2:9) is one of the identifying marks of God’s priests and priestesses. All we must do is have faith and believe unlike our fore-parents in Egypt.
The Bible tells us in Hebrews 3:18, 19 that some did not enter the Sabbath day of rest and ultimately the promised land because of unbelief. We have a decision to make now, but it should be guided by the Holy Spirit as the High Priests were guided by Urim and Thummim. Do we want to forfeit eternal life and the new Jerusalem because of unbelief in His Sabbath?
-Holy Spirit Inspired
This Bible study is hefty and one sitting may not be enough to take this all in. Have a little talk with Jesus, deliberate on this subject ask the LORD for wisdom and understanding and His revealing power and He will reveal.
The Sabbath honors God as Creator, (Genesis 2:1-3). And by keeping it we recognize ourselves, all the heavens, and worlds as His Creation. That is the heart of this message.
I pray you are blessed and feel free to share this message of truth with anyone the Holy Spirit impresses you to.