“Engrave the names of the sons of Israel on the two stones the way a gem cutter engraves a seal. Then mount the stones in filigree settings and fasten them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod as memorial stones for the sons of Israel. Aaron is to bear the names on his shoulders as a memorial before the LORD.” Exodus 28:11-12
One of the pieces that Aaron was to wear was the ephod. This was two pieces of stone that had the names of all of the sons of Israel (formerly Jacob). These sons were now the various tribes of the nation of Israel. The names of each of the sons were to be engraved on the stones. Then this ephod was worn on his shoulder as a memorial before God.
Wearing this ephod had to have been somewhat heavy. It was made of stone and had to be large enough to engrave twelve names on it with gems in each name.
Aaron was to bear the weight of the people as he went before God. He would be told all of their sins and faults and have to present them before God. It was a heavy burden for him to have to bear.
This was what had to occur until Jesus came. When Jesus died and rose again, He was the one who now bears the names of the people before God. He is the one who takes responsibility for the actions of the people. He pays the price for all wrong doing.
Although you cannot pay the price for someone else, you can hold them up before God. You can keep on your shoulders the needs of others. When you go to God in prayer you will then remember all of the needs of others around you. At that time you can present them to God on behalf of others.
Often people put their own needs first and forget about others. Aaron was not allowed to do that. Today you are called a priest after Jesus. You are now a part of the holy priesthood of Jesus.
Are you willing to put on the ephod for others?
Are you willing to bear their names before God, to bring their needs before God?
Or are you only looking out for yourself?
I pray today that you will seek God’s help for others; that you will bear their needs to God in prayer; that you will not be only self-seeking in your prayers to God; and that God will meet the needs of many lives through you.