Bible Discussion Thread

  • Willard Paschal on Exodus 39
    What is an ephod and what is its' purpose/function?
  • Chris - in Reply on Exodus 39
    The Ephod, as described in Exodus 39 & other places, was an outer linen, short garment that the priests wore in their service in the Tabernacle. It was first to be worn by the High Priest ( Exodus 28:4: Aaron & his sons) & then later, worn by other priests ( 1 Samuel 22:18). However, we also see the Ephod being worn by King David ( 2 Samuel 6:14) & by Samuel ( 1 Samuel 2:18). Because of the intricacies of the garment (especially for the High Priest), it seems that the wearer of it came before God in representation of the people & a requirement to be able to conduct such ministry. The Urim & Thummim (special lots that were cast before God to ascertain His Will & Direction for the people) were held in pouches in the Ephod.

    As well, there was instances of idolatry associated with the Ephod ( Judges 8:27, 17:5,6), as it was considered so holy as to be worshipped. Even today, in some 'high Churches', priests can be seen wearing distinctive outer clothing, with sashes & mitre resembling the priests of old. These are not the garments depicted in the New Testament as should be worn by Christians & are a poor reflection & understanding of biblical norms, rather serving to ascribe some sort of special privilege & holiness to the wearer.

    Today, for the Christian, we might say that we come before God "in robes of righteousness", not of ourselves, but that given to us by virtue of Christ's death & what it accomplished for us. And being so clothed, we can come confidently before God as His children & in prayer. We are now His chosen generation & royal priesthood ( 1 Peter 2:9).
  • Willard paschal sr - in Reply on Exodus 39
    Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to shed light on a subject I rarely hear mentioned in the local churches I have attended over the years. I always felt that things mentioned in the Bible should be expounded upon and not ignored as is too often the case. Again, many thanks.
  • Chris - in Reply on Exodus 39
    Well, it's always a joy to share whatever we can to assist others enquiring from the Word of God. The Spirit Himself is the great Revealer & Interpreter of His Word to our hearts, so whatever is shared here, we trust will be further examined through the private re-reading of the Scriptures & seeking His guidance.

    As well, it does the responder to questions good to re-examine Scriptures that have not been considered for some time, & as you say, with the case of the 'Ephod', hardly mentioned at all. But then, one can also enter into debate over the type of messages given from the pulpit as opposed to those shared in a specific exegetical Bible study, where a particular focus is given on a verse or subject & thoughts shared by all. So maybe, like you, we also can't remember when the Ephod was mentioned, even in passing. Every blessing as you seek knowledge from the Word.
  • Fredscanlan - in Reply on Exodus 39
    The old testament, the word is clear, concerning the law, sacrifices, that have been passed on from one generation to another. The Jews, have not held fast to Gods commands. Not unlike the gentiles of the new testament, who have not held to the words of Christ. God is patient and long suffering, and wants all men to be saved! When it comes too His words , we should always remember that He will have the last say, when it concerns his creation and the existence of man! The days are short, if he sends not a teacher to show you these things, how will you escape His judgment! His judgment is at hand! He is not slack, as men count slackness! Would too God, that He will make a way, and move a mans heart !

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