The breastplate of Aaron

Exodus Bible Background

02.01.2018 – Old Testament: Exo 28.29–30

To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 27–28 on February 1, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Lord wanted the priest to dress a certain way when they performed their duties, and this included a breastplate,

“So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel on the breastplate of judgment over his heart, when he goes into the holy place, as a memorial before the LORD continually. And you shall put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be over Aaron’s heart when he goes in before the LORD. So Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel over his heart before the LORD continually” (Exodus 28.29–30).

When the high priest went into the tabernacle, the Lord would see the breastplate bearing the names of the sons of Israel and that would be a memorial for the Lord. It would be a remembrance that the whole thing was for Israel.

Aaron also had to put Urim and Thummim, stones through which the Lord communicated, in the breastplate and all of this was over Aaron’s heart.


  • Was the Lord concerned with the heart of man under the Law of Moses?
  • Can you name the twelve sons of Israel?

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2 thoughts on “The breastplate of Aaron

  1. Many people seem to believe the law of Moses was “okay” with a loveless following of God’s commandments, but if me is thinking rightly, it seems like the book of Deuteronomy (ch. 6) says something about loving God. I think Jesus had something to say, on at least a couple of occasions, about it too.

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    • I have never figured out why people have misconceptions about the Law of Moses and the Old Testament, except that ideas get passed on without people examining them critically.


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