Urim and Thummim

Christian Science has brought to the world many blessings, but among them none is greater than the knowledge it gives of God's ever presence. Our beloved Leader says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 150), "Not more to one than to all, is God demonstrable as divine Life, Truth, and Love." So great and boundless is this Love that it is instantly responsive to the slightest need of His children. But there seem to be those who have become so confused by the noises of earth that they do not hear the voice of God, which is ever speaking to those who walk with Him.

In every age, no matter how dark seemed the way, God has always raised up those who because of their clarity of thought have been capable of ministering to their fellows. The case of Aaron is one of these. He appeared in one of the darkest periods in human history, called the "sojourn in Egypt." The qualities of thought which enabled him to assist Moses in leading God's people from bondage to freedom will enable us to break the present day fetters of our brethren.

In the twenty-eighth chapter of Exodus we read, "And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron's heart, when he goeth in before the Lord." Young's concordance tells us that Urim signified lights and Thummim signified perfection. In our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy makes the whole subject exceedingly clear on page 595, where we read, "The Urim and Thummim, which were to be on Aaron's breast when he went before Jehovah, were holiness and purification of thought and deed, which alone can fit us for the office of spiritual teaching."

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