Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gazing Into the Urim and Thummim

"Also put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastpiece, so they may be over Aaron's heart whenever he enters the presence of the LORD. Thus Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the LORD," Exodus 28:30
"The Law of the Lord is perfect [temimah], converting the soul," Psalm 19:7
"You shall offer, that you may accepted, a male without blemish [tamim zakhar]...You shall not offer to the Lord that which has its testicles bruised or crushed, or broken, or cut," (Lev. 22:19-24)
"When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be complete [tamim]. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers," (Gen. 17:1-2)

Some musings from today...

Cutting the genitalia of a male sacrificial animal renders it blemished.  So why does Abraham's circumcision render him unblemished [tamim]?  

Something else interesting... 

The Urim v'Thummim, the breastplate depicted above, was an object worn by the priest that helped Aaron make decisions.  The Urim (related the Hebrew word for "light") would glow and thereby instruct (Thummim is related to the Hebrew words "tom" which means integrity and "tam" which means perfect or "full of indivisible truth").  

Just as the Thummim offered perfect instructions that were entire, undivided, reliable, so too is the Torah!  It is temimah (without blemish, entire, completely truthful).  The Torah is also light as it is related to the Hebrew word for light.

So I have a question for the Bilateralists out there, the Exclusionists who say Gentile Believers are not obligated to keep the Torah of Moses:


If Yeshua is the Messiah and future King of the world, why would He impose less perfect laws on the goyim?  Does He wish them to stumble around in darkness, never understanding His perfect Ways?


  1. LOL! Love the setup.

    Honestly, I just have to laugh at the whole bilateral/exclusionist (good word) perspective. It so flies in the face of mounds of Scripture... Utterly riddled with holes!

    Thanks for bring the absurdity back to the fore.

  2. Animals didn't get circumcised :) But I am some were neutered if not used for breeding stock. Circumcision was performed on the 8th day, the day that is beyond the days of this world and it reaches into the next.

    If we follow Yeshua, we follow him in everything he did and taught. The disciples were admonished to teach everything they had been taught by the Master.

  3. Pete,

    I'm with you, brother. Sometimes you just have to laugh at the absurdity of the bilateralist notion.

  4. "If we follow Yeshua, we follow him in everything he did and taught. The disciples were admonished to teach everything they had been taught by the Master."

    Agreed. It really is that simple. It is against nature for a man to not want to imitate his father. And this is why Yeshua says "If you were Abraham's children you would follow his example." The underlying warrant there is--children imitate their parents! : )