‘Fashion a breastpiece for making decisions—
the work of skilled hands. Make it like the ephod:
of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen.’

Exodus 28:15

The breastpiece was a pouch, containing two stones used when the high priest had to consult the Lord for a judgement, doubtless by casting lots. Beautifully interwoven were the blue of obedience (Num.15:38-39), purple of kingship, and scarlet of lowliness—the colour extracted from the cochineal worm in Psalm 22:6. The King who humbled himself to serve with perfect obedience, and bore our penalty, is thus richly portrayed.

Daily Reading: 1 Chronicles 26