GOD’S GEMSTONES

revelationMarch marked the conclusion of the study of Revelation at the Grover site. The study was overwhelming, reassuring, inspiring, comforting, puzzling. And, oh my, the visual imagery.

Revelation 21:19-20 reads: “And the foundations of the wall of the city [were] garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation [was] jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;” “The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst”.

I’m not one to wear jewelry. But those verses might get me to go shopping. I did some research and these stones are so pretty, so very pretty. God is quite a designer. Eat your heart out Harry Winston. You may decorate the necks of movie stars with gorgeous jewels, but God decorates the FOUNDATIONS of His city with precious stones.

I learned each of the 12 heavenly stones has a gemstone meaning:

Jasper stone (chalcedony) represents true faith.
Sapphire the height of celestial hope.
Chalcedony holds the flame of inner charity.
Emerald is purest faith.
Sardonyx is the humility of believers in spite of their gifts.
Chrysolite shows true spiritual preaching accompanied by miracles.
Beryl is the perfect operation of prophecy.
In the topaz, the fervent meditation of the prophecies.
Chrysoprase demonstrated the work of the righteous and their reward.
In the jacinth or hyacinth is the wisdom of discernment.
In the amethyst the constant thought of the heavenly kingdom in humble souls.

Information from Summary by R Heine taken from Marbode of Rennes :Lapidary of 12 stones in verse… ‘Minor works on stones’.

I’m glad my birthstone is the emerald. It’s a stone I can recognize. Now that I know it’s a symbol of purest faith I realize I’ve got a lot of work to do on my faith journey.

In His Grip,

Jeanie Shank

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