8 He made the sacred pouch, the work of a skilled worker, in the style of the ephod, of gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen. 9 It was square. They made the sacred pouch doubled, a span its length and a span its breadth when doubled. 10 And they set in it four rows of stones. A row of sardius, topaz, and carbuncle was the first row; 11 and the second row, an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond; 12 and the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; 13 and the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. They were enclosed in settings of gold filigree. 14 There were twelve stones with their names according to the names of the sons of Israel. They were like signets, each engraved with its name, for the twelve tribes. 15 And they made on the sacred pouch twisted chains like cords, of pure gold. 16 And they made two settings of gold filigree and two gold rings, and put the two rings on the two edges of the sacred pouch. 17 And they put the two cords of gold in the two rings at the edges of the sacred pouch. 18 They attached the two ends of the two cords to the two settings of filigree. This is how they attached it in front to the shoulder pieces of the ephod. 19 Then they made two rings of gold, and put them at the two ends of the sacred pouch, on its inside edge next to the ephod. 20 And they made two rings of gold, and attached them in front to the lower part of the two shoulder pieces of the ephod, at its seam above the skillfully woven band of the ephod. 21 And they bound the sacred pouch by its rings to the rings of the ephod with a lace of blue, so that it would lie on the skillfully woven band of the ephod, and that the sacred pouch would not come loose from the ephod, as the LORD had commanded Moses.
revisiting the sacred pouch
As we revisit the intricately fashioned sacred pouch, we are reminded of its value as a symbol of representation. The twelve names listed the tribes, and reminded the whole community that its people are important. The priesthood was not just about going through ceremonies and rituals. It was not even just about worshipping God. The LORD was in a relationship with his people, and those people mattered. To symbolize this, he made sure that the sacred pouch would be fastened securely to the high priest’s ephod.
LORD, thank you that our names are securely fastened to your heart.
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