of the Stones of Memorial
Do the names of the sons of Israel worn on the priestly ephod, tell of Israel's greatest Son?
Images of the priestly ephod from the Old Testament Tabernacle Experience on display April 19th - 30th, 2023 at 1851 East Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah:
Above, the vestments of the High Priest (~Presiding Bishop) in contrast to temple clothing of a lesser Levite Priest, or Levite (~Teacher, Deacon). The High Priest wears the Ephod (right) on which is placed the Breast-piece of judgment concealing Urim and Thummim. On the shoulders of the Ephod rest the Stones of Memorial.
I was delighted to see that someone had gone to the trouble of trying to write on the stones in pre-exilic Hebrew, a form of ancient writing in use prior to the Babylonian Captivity. Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Lehi would have been able to read the Phoenician-like writing on these stones. I approached, and tried to discern each name. I pondered on the list of names - how it was that the list began and ended with a name that included the Hebrew word for “son”, “ben”. Then something wonderful occurred to me!