The Word of Christ Church

The Word Of Christ Church


"Urim and Thummim" was the original name of our church. Our first pastor, whom is deceased believed we were a church of revealing mysteries of the bible.  The name of our private business account is Urim and Thummim but the  public name is "The Word of Christ Church" at this time.



Urim and Thummim, generally translated as "lights and perfections" or "revelation and truth" was a process used by ancient Hebrews (usually Israelites) in revealing the will of God on a contested point of view or other problem. The Urim and Thummim were a means of revelation entrusted to the high priest. Sometimes the mention of the ephod (on which the breastpiece housing the Urim and Thummim were fastened) included a reference to the Urim and Thummim.


 

Even in extremely difficult circumstances, the guidance of the Urim and Thummim was followed (Judges 20:18-28). It could be theorized that a perfect light that miraculously shone from the gem(s) constituting the Urim and Thummim (which belonged to God, (Deuteronomy 33:8) gave the needed authentication to the actual answer spoken by the high priest under divine inspiration. In this way the judgment of the Urim, the light, may have been given (Numbers 27:21). Such authentication would not have been out of place in Old Testament times when special signs were provided more often.

 

 

Exodus 28:15-21

15 "You shall make the breastplate of judgment. Artistically woven according to the workmanship of the ephod you shall make it: of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, you shall make it.

16 It shall be doubled into a square: a span shall be its length, and a span shall be its width.

17 And you shall put settings of stones in it, four rows of stones: The first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and an emerald; this shall be the first row;

18 the second row shall be a turquoise, a sapphire, and a diamond;

19 the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;

20 and the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. They shall be set in gold settings.

21 And the stones shall have the names of the sons of Israel, twelve according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, each one with its own name; they shall be according to the twelve tribes.

 
The names and colors in breastplate order
 

According to Exodus 28:30, it was Moses that instituted the use of the Urim and Thummim by the Priest of Israel to know the will of God.

 

Urim and Thummim appears seven times in the Bible.

 

 Exodus 28:30

And you shall put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be over Aaron's heart when he goes in before the Lord. So Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel over his heart before the Lord continually.

 

Levitucus 8:8

Then he put the breastplate on him, and he put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastplate.

 

Numbers 27:21

He shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire before the Lord for him by the judgment of the Urim. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, he and all the children of Israel with him--all the congregation."

 

Deuteronomy 33:8

And of Levi he said: “Let Your Thummim and Your Urim be with You holy one, Whom You tested at Massah, And with whom You contended at the waters of Meribah,

 

1 Samuel 28:6

And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by the prophets.

 

Ezra 2:63

And the governor said to them that they should not eat of the most holy things till a priest could consult with the Urim and Thummim.

 

Nehemiah 7:65

And the governor said to them that they should not eat of the most holy things till a priest could consult with the Urim and Thummim.

 

The use of the Urim and Thummim by the Israelite high priest was by no means the same as throwing dice, because the results were not determined by chance. The priest knew that every decision was from God (Proverbs 16:33). The last mention of a divine decision in the Bible is found in Acts 1:23-26. When the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks (Acts 2:1-4), the need for the Urim and Thummim disappeared.