This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Exodus 28 ) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: God inspired Moses to write the first five books in the Bible. The book of Exodus is all about God’s miraculously assisting His special nation (Israel) to leave their 400 year slavery in Egypt in order to return to their promised land. Along the way God provides His people with a special tent of meeting and specific jobs and ceremonies for them to perform to enable Him to remain with them.
The outfit that the high priest wore was to very special for he represented God’s people to God. Every piece had special significance.
Ask the children…
On the chest piece that the high priest was to wear, what was mounted on it?
“Mount four rows of gemstones[c] on it. The first row will contain a red carnelian, a pale-green peridot, and an emerald. 18 The second row will contain a turquoise, a blue lapis lazuli, and a white moonstone. 19 The third row will contain an orange jacinth, an agate, and a purple amethyst. 20 The fourth row will contain a blue-green beryl, an onyx, and a green jasper.” (Exodus 28:17-20)
What did these special and unique gems signify?
“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.” (Exodus 28:21)
Because the high priest was to represent the people before the Lord, he wore this special chest piece with a beautiful stone for each of the twelve tribes. The names of the tribes were even engraved on these stones. Notice how these covered his heart because the heart is the place of relationship and God wanted a relationship with His people. Notice how these are stones and Jesus Himself was called “the stone that the builders rejected”.
Ask your children if they remember the 12 stones that were placed on the other side of the Jordan river once God’s people crossed into the promised land as a ‘stones of remembrance’ so no one would forget the great work God had done opening the Red Sea, providing for them in the desert, and opening up the Jordan River so they could cross? Find a stone and ask the children to remember something special God has done in their lives and then right a symbol on the stone to remind them of God’s faithfulness. Then have them keep that stone in their rooms.
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