"And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart when he goeth in unto the holy place for a memorial before the Lord continuallyÃ¢ÂÂE [Exodus 28.29]
Aaron was the first high priest and was Moses' brother. After Aaron died, subsequent high priests were his descendants, the sons of Aaron. The High Priest was the most glorious Jewish position. His representative dress was said to be "for glory and for beauty.Ã¢ÂÂEIt was made according to the design given by God to Moses. Only certain special people were allowed to make the garment as the following verse indicates:
"And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise-hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him that he may minister unto me in the priest's office"[v. 3].
The role of the breastplate becomes clear in the following text:
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Why is the Breastplate so important?:
The breastplate was of great importance because by means of it, God revealed his Divine will to His chosen people.
It was designed by God Himself and the directions as to how it was to be made were given to Moses as illustrated in Exodus xxviii. 15, 20.
The King James Authorized Version of the Bible (1769) translated the Hebrew work "chosen" as breastplate, but this obscures some of its meaning. In the Septuagint it is written by the Greek word "logeion," which means a speaking-place. This describes exactly what the breastplate really was---the oracle or means by which God spoke to, i.e., answered the inquires...