Summary: The importance of making decisions and some of the tools God gives us to make good ones.
God is giving instruction regarding Aaron and his clothes that would be required to enter the tabernacle on behalf of the people.
Exodus 28:15 (NASB95)
15 “You shall make a breastpiece of judgment, the work of a skillful workman; like the work of the ephod you shall make it: of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet material and fine twisted linen you shall make it.
Exodus 28:30 (NASB95)
30 “You shall put in the breastpiece of judgment the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be over Aaron’s heart when he goes in before the Lord; and Aaron shall carry the judgment of the sons of Israel over his heart before the Lord continually.
Exodus 28:15 (NIV)
15 “Fashion a breastpiece for making decisions—the work of a skilled craftsman. Make it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen.
Exodus 28:30 (NIV)
30 Also put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastpiece, so they may be over Aaron’s heart whenever he enters the presence of the Lord. Thus Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the Lord.
We’ve been teaching the last couple of weeks on the “prophetic edge”….Or being under it which is basically the definition of the word “prophesy” in the O.T…(being under the influence of the Holy Spirit) whether teaching, preaching, worshiping…
Last week we spoke on hearing God and testing it.
My devotionals over the last week included the Exodus reading and it really had me pondering “decisions”…
The word here translated most of the time is judgment. The NIV translation made me shift in how I was applying the same word….
Many and most times “judgment” and “decision” is interchangeable….The “thought” of how you use it however is different, at least to me.
It caused me to pray more about the “means to make decisions”….
Expound on how much pressure there is on our lives to make decisions.
Joel 3:14 (NASB95)
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
• Our decisions affect others around us…Expound
Proverbs 16:10 (NASB95)
10 A divine decision is in the lips of the king; His mouth should not err in judgment.
• We face decisions to be righteous, or to be in sin!
Isaiah 10:1 (NASB95)
1 Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions,
(address “falling into sin”)
Every day we face decisions. Some are easy, some are harder!
I’ve been around people who just seem to make poor decisions every time they turn around.
I’ve also been around people who just seem to make correct decisions most of the time!
What is the process we use for making decisions?
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB95)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.