Thummin…. What’s in a name? There is usually a story… I love stories! Yep there’s a story behind this one…
Many years ago, in a moment of perceived pain, (it’s called child birth) I cried out the name Aaron. I had no reason to cry out this name as Aaron wasn’t part of my experience and it wasn’t even a name I had considered, if I happened to have a boy. This intrigued me and got me wondering what the name meant. So my search began…
Aaron means ‘Mountain’. In the Bible Aaron was Moses’ brother, a High Priest who wore the breastplate of Light and Perfection/Truth. The Thummim and the Urim – the breastplate of Judgement – Righteousness – to judge righteous judgement. This got me thinking about discernment recently – gaining the insight into what is right and wrong in our thinking and of course what we should be thinking and thus bringing into our experiences.
I only also recently realised, Aaron was the holder of the rod. He had to pick up the serpent in front of Pharaoh ~ thus like Moses he also had to know the serpent was harmless and demonstrate it!
This has given me a greater appreciation of Aarons’ unreserved trust, understanding and obedience to his brother Moses, who talked directly with God, and of course his great ability to discern and trust in God as well. It makes me think of the disciples of Jesus, giving up their sense of self to follow someone they knew in their hearts was the way even if sometimes they didn’t quite understand everything he taught.
I suppose I called out calling for more faith in God, to get me through the pain… oh well, like most things we do get through and we are usually wiser and stronger for the experience. It would sure help though, if I had a breastplate of light and truth, perfection and completeness. Wow imagine owning one of them!
I like to think the breastplate Aaron wore symbolized his understanding of Light and Perfection, of Gods wisdom, justice and protection. Something we can all aspire to be clothed with every day.
That wasn’t all about Aaron – I found this interesting site that provides further food for thought.
‘The name Aaron is unique in the Bible, and is applied only to Aaron the Levite, brother of Moses and Miriam. Aaron was the first high priest of Israel(Exodus 28:1) and his descendants filled a sub-caste within the priestly caste of Israel (Joshua 21:4). The name Aaron is not a regular word so we’re left to guess at the meaning.
Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names derives it from the Hebrew word (har) meaning mountain, hill (mountain is sometimes used as metaphor for a large group of people). From this perspective, the name Aaron is related to the Hebrew name Ararat and Haran.
Another way of looking at the name Aaron (as does NOBS Study Bible Name List) is to follow the Hebrew root (or) meaning to be or become light. The names Jair, Jairus, Ur, Urim and possibly the Hebrew word for Nile come from this same root. There may even be relations between the name Aaron and the word (‘aron, meaning chest, ark (see the name Aran). This word is used for an offer chest (2 Kings 12:10), a sarcophagus (Genesis 50:26) but mostly to indicate the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:10).
NOBS Study Bible Name List reads Bright. Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Very High.’
The bible states that ‘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:’ Exodus 28:3
Jesus said ‘But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.’ Matthew 6:6
In Science and Health with key to the scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy (S&H) says that ‘ 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, (page 595:13).
Thummim: Perfection. The eternal demand of divine Science. S&H 595:11
Urim: Light S&H 596:11
To me, this means when I pray to God, to do so in Light and in Truth, in holiness, humbleness and with a genuine heart, judging righteous judgement through purification of thought and deed. To ‘be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect’ and to do this to the best of my ability.
My piano teacher use to always remind me that perfect practice makes perfection not imperfection. In other words you get out of it, what you put into it. Besides the fact, she knew when I practiced or not and it was a nice way of telling me so! Perhaps if I had of practiced more, I would be good at playing the piano, but I’m not, I gave up when I should have persisted. Still I gained a lot from the experience and you will find references to these learnings in my writings from time to time. 🙂
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