Read: Exodus 28:1-21
You shall take two onyx stones, and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel. (v. 9)
Some of the Lord’s instructions for the tabernacle have to do with the apparel of Israel’s priests and Levites. Among the many details, one stands out: a golden chest plate inlaid with 12 precious stones. Engraved on those precious stones were the names of the 12 tribes of Israel. Implicitly, this included and represented the name of every child of Israel. Every time the high priest entered the tabernacle, he brought the names of his people with him. The stones stood as a sign that God’s children were always on his mind.
Our names may not be written on any physical monument, but we are inscribed on the heart of Jesus Christ, the Living Stone. Jesus tells his disciples, “Your Father [numbers] . . . even the very hairs of your head . . . So don’t be afraid” (Matt. 10:29-30 NIV). At the cross, with nails through his hands, Jesus fulfills God’s words through Isaiah: “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands . . .” (Isa. 49:16). In Revelation, the names of every believer are written in Jesus’ “book of life” (Rev. 21:27).
If you believe in Jesus, you need never worry about having God’s attention. Your name, your cares, and your needs are always before him. —Ben Van Arragon
As you pray, trust that God knows your name and cares for your needs.