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I’ll Be There with Bells on

7 marks of priestly pastoral ministry from the Book of Ezra.

I’ll Be There with Bells on
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And they made bells of pure gold and attached them all around the hem between the pomegranates (Exodus 39:25).

I did not memorize Exodus 39:25 in Sunday School. My grandmother did not cross stitch it and hang it on the wall. I cannot imagine it appearing on a coffee mug, t-shirt, bumper sticker, or Testamint candy. It is an obscure verse, yet I have come to think about it nearly every day.

The priestly bells rang to remind, mostly unremembered servants of God, that their work before God was from and for the people of God. The people crafted the bells and made the robes for the priests. The priests jingled in God’s presence. They rang a song of not just their own. The bells rang in the Tabernacle and Temple. The bells rang after the horror of the exile. The bells may toll for us.

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