Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, for glory and for beauty... It shall have the two shoulder pieces.'
Exodus 28:2,7

These verses are from the Old Testament and describe the garments the high priest wore when he went into the temple to offer sacrifices. They talk about the stones that were set on the shoulders of the high priest. A later verse describes it like this:

'Take two onyx stones, and engrave on them the names of the tribes of Israel. Six names will be on each stone, arranged in the order of the births of the original sons of Israel.' Exodus 28:9-10

The names of the children of Israel were to be engraved on the stones before they were placed on the shoulders of the high priest. And then:

'Fasten the two stones on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod as a reminder that Aaron represents the people of Israel. Aaron will carry these names on his shoulders as a constant reminder whenever he goes before the Lord.' Exodus 28:12

The names were fastened onto the shoulders of the high priest and he took them everywhere.

Have you taken Christ to be your Saviour? Then you are engraved and fastened on His shoulders. Your name is engraved not only in the palms of His hands but you are carried on His shoulders. Lean all your weight on Him. You cannot carry yourself.

'And when he has found it, (the lost sheep) he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders.' Luke 15:5

I'm sure you can see the link. You and I carried on His shoulders. Not only our names engraved on the stones on His shoulders and borne into the presence of the Almighty God but more than this, He carries us, each one, from wherever we've been and whatever we are into the presence of His Father.

For many a weary, tired traveller this is a wonderful thought to think we are carried on His shoulders.

Make it your thought today. He is as near as that! You are lying on His shoulders. Your name is written on Him. He will carry you into the presence of God. He will do all things well.