GENERAL OVERSEER AND PASTOR OF ANY CHURCH ARE NOT THE URIM AND THE THUMMIM OF THE BIBLE – ACTS 1: 23 – 26 KJV
“And 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: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually.”
Urim and Thummim were first mentioned in Exodus 28:30 when Moses was giving priesthood instruction to his brother, Aaron: Exodus 28:30 ”And 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: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually.”
Many Christians, most especially in Nigeria/Africa have not done an in-depth study of Urim and Thummim to see how some General Overseers and pastors:
(1) Have taken the positions of the Urim and Thummim in the lives of their gullible and deceived church members.
(2) And are playing the roles of Urim and Thummim in the lives of their gullible and deceived church members.
What are Urim and Thummim?
Urim and Thummim are found attached to ephod of the priest’s breastplate. An ephod would have 12 different stones and perhaps the Urim and Thummim made up two out of 12 of these stones.
Urim means “light”, that is, God’s light.
Thummim means “perfection”, that is, God’s perfection.
The priests used these 2 elements as a lot casting device to know the mind of God and the will of God in the Old Testament times and this practice was used until the Early church in the book of Acts chapter one.
During this period, the casting of lots using Urim and Thummim is asking God to take control of the decision process and outcome.
They cast lots for spiritual guidance by relying on Urim and Thummim in Old Testament days up till the Early Church – Acts 1:23 – 26 KJV “And they (elven apostles) appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.“
The casting of lots using Urim and Thummim is simply “divination” which is unchristian in the New Testament. God is against divination to receive spiritual information or gain spiritual knowledge/experience.
Urim and Thummim are like a coin with 2 faces ( tail and head) or like a dice just with 2 faces inscribed with ”yes” and ”no” – “white” and “black”. It is like an element (coin) used by football referee to take decision at the start of any football match. They use it for the two teams to take a decision on which side of the field left or right to choose first by the team that the toss of the coin favoured.
The use of Urim and Thummim is like to throw a coin up into the air and guess which side will land facing up, as a way of making a decision – it is when it tossed up or cast, for instance, each Urim as well as each Thummim is with only two sides; one side with“YES” and the other side with “NO”.
So if the Urim and Thummim are tossed or cast together at the same time, the possible outcomes are:
(1) the appearance of the each side of one Urim and one Thummim = “YES” and “YES”
(2) ) the appearance of the each side of one Urim and one Thummim = “NO” and “NO”
(3) ) the appearance of the each side of one Urim and one Thummim = “YES” and “NO”
Note that either Urim or Thummim can take either “YES” or “NO” sides
The interpretation of the above practice of casting lots of Urim and Thummim in the Old Testament :
(1) Good will of God
(2) Permissive will of God
(3) Perfect will of God
The above narrative of Urim and Thummim ended with the Old Testament, even though the casting of lots by the apostles in the Early church to choose Matthias to replace Judas Ischariot is unchristian in the New Testament dispensation.
Every child of God desires to know the mind and the will of God (good will of God, permissive will of God and perfect will of God) – Romans 12:2 KJV “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Now some General Overseers and pastors are the Urim and Thummim in the lives of the gullible and deceived members of their churches. Why?
The priests in the Old Testament times used Urim aynd Thummim to know the mind and the will of God, so the gullible and deceived church members are using their General Overseer and pastors to know the mind of God and the will of God concerning their individual lives. This is a big error!!!
They form this erroneous mindset because of how David used ephod (priest’s breastplate containing Urim and Thummim) to know the mind and the will of God concerning the hopeless situation and circumstance he found humself in 1 Samuel 30:7 “And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.”
Furthermore, king Saul used Urim as a channel of divine communication to hear from God in 1 Samuel 28:6 ”And when Saul enquired of thLORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.”
it is an error for any General Overseer and pastors to act as Urim and Thummim in this dispensation of the Holy Spirit of the New Testament because they are not in the positions of our High Priest ( the Lord Jesus Christ) and the mediator ( also the Lord Jesus Christ) between God and men – Hebrews 4:15 – 16 KJV ”For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need….For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Please permit me to take you to another realm of revelation knowledge by His grace: Do you know that kings and priests made use of Urim and Thummim in the Old Testament because they didn’t have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside them? Do you know that you are both king and priest in the kingdom of God in the New Testament to cancel out the royal priesthood of the Old Testament because you have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of you if you are genuinely born again?
The priests and kings used Urim and Thummim to know the mind of God and the will of God concerning issues that require God’s attention for their lives or the life of any common man in Israel as none of them had the in-dwelling presence of the Holy Spirit inside them. The common man needed the priest to use Urim and Thummim for him as a means of divine communication between man and God for asking God to take control of the decision process and outcome.
But you (genuinely born again Christian) are of royal priesthood – 1 Peter 2:9 ”But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” Read this revealing scripture again! It says you are a “royal priesthood“. The word “royal” is used for ”king” and the word “priesthood “ is for “priest”, therefore you as a royal priesthood, you are both king and priest combined tougher by our Lord Jesus Christ. This is one of the finished works of the Lord Jesus Christ for us at the Cross of Calvary! Praise the Lord!! Hallelujah!!!
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who made you both king and priest – it is not you yourself: Revelation 1:5 – 6 KJV and Revelation 5:10 KJV “….Jesus Christ, who…loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen…… And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
If you have this spiritual understanding, you don’t need any General Overseer or Pastor as the High Priest and king to be an intermediary to reach God – there is no more any form of communication indirectly representing Urim and Thummim of the Old Testament times to hear from God in the New Testament Era.
You can reach God directly by the Holy Spirit living inside of you as well as through His word (the Bible).
To study in detail for a better and deeper understanding, read for free this rich and Holy Spirit filled publication at KDP AMAZON, my book : “Pastor’s Little Foxes: The Secrets Of Pastor’s Little Foxes In The Vineyard”
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