Wednesday, February 01, 2017
“So Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD on his two shoulders as a memorial.”
I am blessed with seven wonderful children. All of them logged in time on my back playing “horsey.” Their favorite request was always, “Can I ride on your shoulders?” This was of particular interest at parades and hikes. I loved those times. All of my children are grown and too big to play “horsey” now. In fact, my older sons could carry me on their shoulders! (I guess that's what my grandkids are for.)
The High Priest Aaron wore an ephod of precious jewels in his ritualistic devotional practice at the Tabernacle in the wilderness of Sinai over fourteen hundred years before the birth of Christ. The names of the tribes of Israel were engraved on two onyx stones which were embedded in settings of gold and attached to the shoulder straps of Aaron’s ephod. Aaron bore “their names before the LORD on his two shoulders” whenever he came into the presence of God.
The ancient Hebrew imagery inspires me. I am the spiritual leader of my family. I try to carry my children (and my dear wife, when she was alive) on my shoulders before the throne of God during my morning prayers. That’s what a man of God is supposed to do. Aaron did it. So did Job. Job “had seven sons and three daughters” and “early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them,… This was Job’s regular custom” (Job 1.2, 5 NIV).
They’ll never be too big and I’ll never be too old to carry my kids on my shoulders “before the Lord.”