EVIDENCES OF THE URIM AND THE THUMMIM MANIFESTED AS
THE NINE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
(Dan 5:10-12) Now the queen [mother]
by reason of the words of the king and his lords came into the banquet
house: and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy
thoughts trouble [Heb: terrify] thee, nor let thy
countenance [Heb: cheerfulness: brightness] be changed:
(Dan 5:11) There is a man [Daniel] in thy kingdom, in whom is the
spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light
[represents “the Urim” (Heb: lights] and understanding and wisdom
[which together represent “the Thummim” (Heb: perfections], like the
wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king
Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the
magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers; (Dan 5:12) Forasmuch as
an excellent spirit [an early allusion to the Holy Spirit],
and knowledge [knowledge A], and understanding
[wisdom A], interpreting of dreams [tongues B],
and showing of hard sentences [prophecy B, or, discerning
the spirits A ], and dissolving of doubts [faith C],
[the latter being five gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor 12:7-11) that]
were found in the same [saved] Daniel, whom
the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will show
Commentary: “light and understanding and wisdom… was found
in him” = is a wholestic reference both to Daniel, who was imputed for
righteousness by God and thus enabled (qualified) to bear these gifts,
and a reference to the nine gifts of the Spirit found in the New
Testament. The “light” symbolizes the “Urim” (Heb: lights) (Exo
28:30 that are carried “in the breastplate of judgment” worn by the High
Priest; the phrase combining “understanding and wisdom” together
symbolizes the “Thummim” (Heb: perfections) (Exo 28:30) which were
also carried “in the breastplate of judgment” (Exo 28:30).
(Exo 28:30) And thou shalt put in [the pocket of]
the breastplate of judgment the Urim [Heb: lights]
and the Thummim [Heb: perfections]; and they shall be
upon Aaron's heart, when he goeth in before the LORD: And Aaron shall
bear the judgment [God’s counsel] of [to and upon] the
children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually.
THE INSCRUTABILITY OF THE URIM AND THE
THUMMIM WHICH ARE PRECURSORS
(TYPES AND SHADOWS) OF THE NINE GIFTS OF THE
In Hebrew, Urim has the meaning of "Lights" and Thummim
has the meaning of "Perfections." Both the Urim and the Thummim are
always mentioned in the plural and capitalized [a hint]. What
are they? No-one really knows. What we do know is that they were placed in
the inside pocket of “the breastplate of judgment… upon" the heart of Aaron
the High Priest who represented the children of Israel (Exo 28:30). In the
Old Testament the tabernacle and its furniture were outside the
congregation; that is, external physically to them, and the congregation
entered into the physically manifested but temporal, external to them,
tabernacle compound of God. The Urim and the Thummim are consistent to that
Old Testament external relationship. They were physical and external to the
congregation but, significantly, located as close as possible to the Old
Testament priest’s heart inside the breastplate of judgment. In
the New Testament the tabernacle and its furniture are spiritual and
internal to each person "for the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke
17:21). We would therefore expect the Urim and the Thummim to be consistent
with this New Testament internal relationship. Patterns.
The Urim and the Thummim were consulted for judgments. Most scholars
believe them to have been cast as lots in response to a question. This
conclusion seems to be borne out in scripture by implied applications of the
Urim and the Thummim (Josh 7:14-18; Jud 20:27,28; I Sam 14:37-45; II Sam
5:23; 21:1; etc.). However, no where does the Bible specifically state that
the Urim and the Thummim were cast as lots. Moses placed the
Urim and the Thummim inside the breastplate of judgment worn by the High
Priest but where did he get them from? They were not made by the
hands of men as was the tabernacle or the pattern would have been given by
God. No physical description or point of origin is ever given. They
were just there, rather like Jabez (1 Chr 4:9,10), with no beginning or
ending, but they were indeed a gift from God to all mankind. They
were undefinable and unmeasurable. What does this suggest to you? The
"Lights" and "Perfections" have characteristics in common with the brasen
laver and the golden candlestick. All the latter are
undefinable and unmeasurable and perform the same function, i.e. they
give perfect light [i.e., understanding].
The nine gifts of the Spirit seem to fall into three divisions of three,
corresponding respectively to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy
Ghost. The gifts of revelation which are the three mind gifts
(Father God = gold). The gifts of inspiration which are the three
vocal gifts (Jesus Christ = frankincense). The gifts of power which
are the three working gifts (the Holy Spirit = myrrh).
(1 Cor 12:7-11) But the manifestation [Gk: exhibition]
of the Spirit [of God, the Holy Spirit] is given to every
man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit (1) the word
of wisdom; to another (2) the word of knowledge by the
same Spirit; To another (3) faith by the same Spirit; to another (4)
the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another (5) the
working of miracles; to another (6) prophecy; to another (7)
discerning of spirits; to another (8) divers kinds of tongues; to
another (9) the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that
one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally
[Dan 5:12] as he will.
THE THREE GIFTS OF REVELATION - A
The (1) "word of wisdom" is one of the gifts of
revelation which are the mind gifts. This is supernatural revelation or
insight into divine wisdom which is His will and/or purpose. Another mind
gift of supernatural revelation is the (2) "word of knowledge" which is
insight into divine knowledge and thereby also the plans of others. The
third mind gift of supernatural revelation is the (3) "discerning of
spirits." This gift is insight into the realm of the spirits that we may
recognize the spirits and spiritual things both good and evil.
Some characteristics that these three mind
gifts have in common is that they are initially manifested internally in our
mind and are received from the mind of God. These gifts are received inside
the tabernacle in the Holy Place and correlate with the internal receptor
senses of sight, hearing and smell. The message of these gifts is initially
received internally directly from God. The path is Spirit to spirit.
Inside to inside. God's Holy Spirit to our spirit. Both the giver and
the receiver of the mind gifts dwell in the same body and are in one accord.
God to inner man. Most Holy Place to Holy Place. This is a pure
manifestation. This is the gold the wise men presented to the
child Jesus. These three gifts are the Urim inside the body of Christ.
These are the "Lights" of the mind in the body of Christ.
THE THREE GIFTS OF INSPIRATION - B
These are vocal gifts having to do with hearing. The
gift of (1) "prophecy" is supernatural vocalization in the native tongue.
Prophecy is either an inspired interpretation or a foretelling of God's Word
to the edification and/or exhortation and/or comfort of men. The gift of (2)
"divers kinds of tongues" is supernaturally inspired vocalization in a
language which is not known to the speaker. The gift of the (3)
"interpretation of tongues" is the supernaturally inspired interpretation
into the native tongue of that which is heard vocalized in an unknown
A gift is something that is received. The
true gift is not the vocalization but the hearing. The
vocalization initself provides no edification, exhortation or comfort unless
received. The hearing, as in understanding (Rom 10:17), of the
vocalization produces edification, exhortation and/or comfort and is
therefore the gift. The speaker is the agent. The vocalization produces
sounds. The hearing produces understanding. An unaccepted gift
remains merely an unopened package until it is received. We have to open our
mail to receive the contents.
These three vocal gifts have mutual
characteristics. They are initially manifested without conscious thought,
pre-meditation or understanding. They are unknowingly spoken that they may
be first heard and then understood. The speaker himself has to hear the
words he vocalizes before he can receive the understanding. The speaker is
the mailman. The words are spoken with an ignorant tongue and heard with a
knowing ear. "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." (Mark 4:9).
The words enter the hearer from the outside.
The message of these three gifts is vocalized and disseminated from the door
of the tabernacle into the open court of the tabernacle. The message of
these gifts is initially received externally from mailmen as agents of God.
It is the Word of God relayed by men. This path is Spirit thru spirit to
soul, transformed by the hearing of Spirit to soul. The Spirit, spirit, and
soul all dwell in the same body and are in one accord. God to inner man to
outer man, transformed by the hearing of the Word of God. This gift is
the frankincense given by the wise men to the child Jesus. This is the
frankincense of vocalized confession heard at the brasen altar and the
frankincense of vocalized prayer, praise and worship heard at the golden
altar. These three gifts are among the Thummim inside the body of Christ.
These three are among the "Perfections" because they are for the perfection
of the body of Christ (Ehp 4:12).
THE THREE GIFTS OF POWER - C
The gifts of power are working gifts. The
(1) "gifts of healing" is supernatural power to heal all manner of sickness
without human aid. The (2) "working of miracles" is supernatural power to
affect the course of nature. The gift of (3) "faith" is the supernatural
power to believe God. The gifts of healing and miracles and faith are
three interrelated power gifts. Faith is a miracle and a healing.
A healing is faith and a miracle. A miracle is faith and a healing. These
power gifts visibly demonstrate the power of God at work in a person or an
object of nature. These are "touch" gifts. The person or object is
visibly touched by the anointing of God. The path is Spirit thru spirit thru
soul to natural body, transformed by the touching of Spirit to body. The
Spirit, spirit and soul are in one accord. The body obeys the orders of the
This is the myrrh presented by the wise men
to the child Jesus. This is the
anointing oil touching the tabernacle furniture and boards and priests and
Levites as they minister to a natural body. This occurs in the court of the
congregation. It is a visible demonstration of the anointing power of God.
These three gifts are among the Thummim inside the body of Christ.
These three are among the "Perfections" because they are for the perfection
of the body of Christ (Eph 4:12).
are the internal mind gifts, Spirit to spirit. These are pure. The mind
gifts are God the Father, the gold. The Thummim are the externalized
vocal and touch gifts, Spirit to spirit to soul. These interact with the
soul. The vocal gifts are God the Son, the frankincense. The touch gifts are
God the Holy Spirit, the myrrh. Men are symbolized by trees in the Bible.
Both the frankincense and the myrrh are bled from trees herein
representing the body of Jesus Christ (frankincense) and the Holy Spirit
(myrrh). It is good to meditate upon such things.
The mind gifts having to do with thought are bestowed
inside the tabernacle from the Most Holy Place to the Holy Place. The vocal
gifts are bestowed from the door threshold of the Holy Place toward the
court of the congregation rather like calling out or trumpeting a message
across the river Jordan. Some are too far away to hear. The touch
gifts are bestowed outside the tabernacle in the court of the congregation.
We are first touched by God in the court of the congregation and then we
hear from God as we approach the tabernacle and then we receive from God as
we enter inside the tabernacle. The gifts of God merge and overlap
without beginning or ending.
Although all the latter explanations may
seem definitive, they are incorrect. The Holy Spirit remains undefinable
and unmeasurable. These explanations are given merely as a guide for
general thought and understanding that we may come closer to Him but
admittedly still do not fully know Him.
In the Old Testament He is the Urim and the
Thummim, the Lights and the Perfections. In the New Testament He is Father
God, Jesus Christ and the Holy spirit. He is the gold, and the frankincense
and the myrrh. He is the nine gifts of the Spirit. He is our Lord God