SusanMarie/ June 13, 2011/ Uncategorized

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Today we are going to take a deeper look at the principal of Throwing a fleece; Casting a Lot…seeking definitive direction from the Lord and why the old testament spoke of these acts more prevalently than the New.

When a Builder is seeking to do good work; there is a mindset of measure twice, cut once.  When you want a sturdily constructed piece of workmanship it is customary to “true it up” and this is done by levelling & squaring. It’s likened to a balance check, if you are dealing with money, just like a scientist uses specimens in a controlled environment in order that they might measure the effectiveness of an  applied process. Most everything we do, we have means for assessing the accuracy and completion of things, for the soundness and the settling of a thing.

“Urim and Thummim” means simply, Truth and Light.  leaders of the Israelites believed they could receive divine guidance. In its physical form they were precious stones that were placed in a special breastplate affixed under the robe of the High Priest. He would wear this Holy apron and then go behind the veil in the tabernacle into the presence of the Lord and would receive an answer based on the light that the stone(s) gave off…a sort of Yay or Nay.

The high priest’s breastplate was called an Ephod which had 14 stones plus the Urim and Thummim.  Urim and Thummim appears seven times in the Bible

 In Hebrew Urim is     אוּרִים …a masculine noun

 Urim in Greek   ἄλευρον (aleuron) which means to grindhttp://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?strongs=G224&t=KJV


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In Hebrew Thummim is  תֻּמִּים…a proper masculine noun

Thummim = “perfection”1) stones provided for the means of achieving a sacred lot

a) used with the Urim, the will of God was revealed

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H8550&t=KJV

Throwing a fleece:
Judges 6:37 look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said. “It was still not enough that he reversed it to be absolutely sure that he was chosen to do this ( verse 39)

Even Abraham did a form of it….

(Gen 24:14-15)  And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast showed kindness unto my master.
 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s  brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.

In this day and age, we have the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies through Jesus’ life and His victory over death! The act of seeking God’s will; throwing  a fleece and consulting the Urim and Thummim (truth and light) is now made available to us by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Our New Testament priest, the Lord Jesus Christ, has the urim and the thummim to guide us. He has the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. For us, some call it the Holy Ghost gut, that deep down, in the pit of your stomach knowing. We may ask and consult the Lord in ever major decision, knowing in full confidence that the Lord will reveal what we need to know, as and when we need to know it. Patience, faith and obedience are the keys to discerning the answers given to us.

Romans 8

34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Romans 8

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself [Himself] maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered [with words which are unutterable].

God is faithful to answer; sometimes it yes, sometimes it not now and sometimes it’s something better! Truth is available to us 24/7 in the word of God and seeking it out. Light is what is present in us when we have accepted salvation through Christ; the Holy spirit dwells within and we are living light. The word of God is our light. Shine the flashlight of faith upon all that you need to discover. Sometimes our faith or judgement is clouded by our emotional attachments and it becomes necessary to to seek a tangible reinforcement from the Lord. Thankfully, God is merciful, kind and patient with us and knows exactly the language of our hearts and the ticking of our internal clocks to get the message to us in a way that just makes perfect sense!

Heavenly Father, we seek you in the tabernacle when we come to you in willing obedience through faith. Seeking Your will and Divine direction is the first step in a true christian walk and Godly living;  our best effort is secure and guaranteed because it is backed by your Mighty and Sovereign Authority. Help us Lord to seek your will in all areas, to be patient in our waiting and to accurately discern that which is your will for us. Quicken our readiness and hasten not to deliver us from the snares of our own misguided nature. Provide many confirmations in all the ways that you know our conscious mind seeks to accept them. The language of Love given by the Holy Spirit is heard in our spiritual ears and its sound is completely unique, the deepest truest knowing of the heart that is tuned toward your grace and mercy! Thank you Lord that you go before us preparing the way and after us, constantly showing us the way and encouraging us the enitre time. We praise and honor you Lord, help us to be the brighter light to those whom may seek to emulate us and to bring greater Glory to the kingdom. In Christ Jesus Yeshua we pray! AMEN!
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Exodus 28:30Also put the Urimand 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.

Leviticus 8:8He placed the breastpiece on him and put the Urim and Thummim in the breastpiece. He is to stand before Eleazar the priest, who will obtain decisions for him by inquiring of the Urim before the LORD. At his command

Deuteronomy 33:8About Levi he said: “Your ThummimandUrim belong to the man you favored. You tested him at Massah; you contended with him at  the waters of Meribah.

1 Samuel 28:6He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.

Ezra 2:63The governor ordered them not to eat any of the most sacred food until there was a priest ministering with the Urim and Thummim.

Nehemiah 7:65The governor, therefore, ordered them not to eat any of the most sacred food until there should be a priest ministering with the Urim and Thummim. He and the entire community of the Israelites will go out, and at his command they will come in.”

Numbers 27:21And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask [counsel] for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, [both] he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.

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