ImmerseBeginnings NLT - Flipbook - Page 139
E x od u s
“The craftsmen must make the ephod of finely woven linen and skillfully
embroider it with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread. It will
consist of two pieces, front and back, joined at the shoulders with two
shoulder-pieces. The decorative sash will be made of the same materials:
finely woven linen embroidered with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread.
“Take two onyx stones, and engrave on them the names of the tribes of
Israel. Six names will be on each stone, arranged in the order of the births
of the original sons of Israel. Engrave these names on the two stones in the
same way a jeweler engraves a seal. Then mount the stones in settings of
gold filigree. Fasten the two stones on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod
as a reminder that Aaron represents the people of Israel. Aaron will carry
these names on his shoulders as a constant reminder whenever he goes
before the Lord. Make the settings of gold filigree, then braid two cords
of pure gold and attach them to the filigree settings on the shoulders of
“Then, with great skill and care, make a chestpiece to be worn for seeking a
decision from God. Make it to match the ephod, using finely woven linen
embroidered with gold and with blue, purple, and scarlet thread. Make the
chestpiece of a single piece of cloth folded to form a pouch nine inches
square. Mount four rows of gemstones on it. The first row will contain a
red carnelian, a pale-green peridot, and an emerald. The second row will
contain a turquoise, a blue lapis lazuli, and a white moonstone. The third
row will contain an orange jacinth, an agate, and a purple amethyst. The
fourth row will contain a blue-green beryl, an onyx, and a green jasper. All
these stones will be set in gold filigree. Each stone will represent one of
the twelve sons of Israel, and the name of that tribe will be engraved on
it like a seal.
“To attach the chestpiece to the ephod, make braided cords of pure gold
thread. Then make two gold rings and attach them to the top corners of
the chestpiece. Tie the two gold cords to the two rings on the chestpiece.
Tie the other ends of the cords to the gold settings on the s houlder-pieces
of the ephod. Then make two more gold rings and attach them to the inside edges of the chestpiece next to the ephod. And make two more gold
rings and attach them to the front of the ephod, below the s houlder-pieces,
just above the knot where the decorative sash is fastened to the ephod.
Then attach the bottom rings of the chestpiece to the rings on the ephod
with blue cords. This will hold the chestpiece securely to the ephod above
the decorative sash.
“In this way, Aaron will carry the names of the tribes of Israel on the
sacred chestpiece over his heart when he goes into the Holy Place. This