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Excerpt from Enjoying Exodus: The Bible in Rhyme by Marcia Goldlist

When Aaron entered the holy place of God he was to wear the names of the twelve sons of Israel on a breastplate which was to be placed on his heart. Aaron was to be thinking of the children of Israel when he came before God. He was also to approach God with care.    

Discussion Questions:

  • What does it mean by the judgment of the children of Israel?
  • Why would wearing the names of the sons of Jacob help Aaron concentrate on the children of Israel?
  • Why was it important for Aaron to concentrate on the children of Israel when he approached God?
  • What does it mean to approach God with care?

Creative Thinking Questions:

  • Why do you think that it would be more effective to place each of the twelve names of the sons of Jacob on the breastplate rather than just write “the sons of Jacob” or “the children of Israel”?
  • If you were Aaron what would you do in order to properly “approach God with care”?

Activities for Homeschooling and After-Schooling:

  • Aaron was told to come with care before God. This referred to going before God into a special place. Should we treat going before God any differently?
  • Aaron was to bear the judgment of the children of Israel. Should we bear the judgment of others? If so, whose and under what circumstances?
  • Aaron walked into a special place to be with God. Go to two or three houses of worship in your community and ask about how the people and the clergy talk to God. Note any differences between the religions.
  • Why do you think that Aaron wore the judgment of the children of Israel on his heart and not on his head?
  • Write a journal entry for Aaron describing how he prepared to enter God’s holy place.
  • Find the accounting of how Aaron was to approach God in the book of Exodus and write out an accounting, in bullet points, of what he had to do.
  • Aaron carried a heavy responsibility. Do you think that anyone was jealous of him? If so describe why.
  • This description of how Aaron was to approach God is in the book of Exodus. Why do you think it is included in this book of the Bible?
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