Precious to God 1
'There were twelve stones...each engraved...with the name of one of the twelve tribes.' Exodus 39:14 NIV
In Exodus 39, we're given very detailed information about the breastplate the high priest wore, and it can be tempting to skim over these passages, believing there's nothing we can learn from them. But there are no insignificant details in the Bible.
When we look at the description of the breastplate, we see how precious we are to God as his redeemed children. There were twelve stones on it, each with the name of one of the twelve tribes. God didn't use common rocks and pebbles found in abundance in Israel. Instead, he chose the most rare and precious gems such as sapphire, topaz, emerald, amethyst, diamond, onyx and jasper. And, as Jesus is our High Priest (see Hebrews 4:14), the stones used to represent the twelve tribes of Israel also represent us. Just as those stones were precious, so are we.
The Bible says we are 'precious and honoured' in God's sight (Isaiah 43:4 NIV). It also says that we were redeemed with the 'precious' blood of Jesus (see 1 Peter 1:18-19). This is something we need to remember when Satan is trying to condemn us and make us forget who we are in Christ. God loves us so much that he sent his Son to redeem us. He saved us, and there's nothing we can do to undo our redemption. He can see our value, even when we can't. He thinks we're precious.
So what now? Every time you feel condemned or unworthy, say out loud: 'I am precious to God'.
Soulfood: Ezek 16:53-19:14 Mk 14:53-65 Ps 1 Pro 14:29-32,