ORIGINAL AGATEBy: Darrelyn L. TuttThis study is progressive and picks up where the last one left off. If you're just beginning, please take time to look back and review."And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle; this shall be the first row. And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper; they shall be set in gold in their enclosings. And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names like the engravings of a signet; every one with the names shall they be according to the twelve tribes."Exodus 28:17-21--------Today's stone is the Agate and our tribe is Gad.Located in the third row and center, the Agate is a stone composed of layered color and creativity. The marbling in the Agate makes it a "stand alone," stand-out" stone.It's gorgeous.No two Agates are alike just as no two tribes are alike.A few facts:+The Achates River in Sicily was the birthplace of the Agate and thus named.+Agates are produced in the cavity of volcanic rock.+The Agate is the only "banded" stone in the Chalcedony family.+The parallel colored banding in the Agate is mesmerizing and almost hypnotic in its effects+The Agate hails from the stone age and was an early gemstone utilized for both trade and wear from the earliest of days.+The Agate continues to grow in popularity and ornaments jewelery, cutlery, dishes, furniture, flooring, and decorative items.--------The marbling of Gad weaves its way through the Agate in a sensational and memorable way. "A troop shall overcome him; but he shall overcome at the last."Genesis 49:19"And of Gad he said, 'Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad; he dwelleth as a lion and teareth the arm with the crown of the head. And he provided the first part for himself, because there, in a portion of the lawgiver, was he seated; and he came with the heads of the people, he executed the justice of the Lord, and his judgments with Israel."Deuteronomy 33:20-21-------If you don't hear marbling in this prophecy, my friend, I'm not sure where you might better find it.The volcanic pressure of Gad's enemies and the torments he found himself temporarily subject to did indeed produce colorful and glorifying effects.Almost hypnotic, the tribe of Gad surges with a colorful empowerment difficult to replicate.Out of all the stones referenced thus far the "marbling of Gad" is provokingly different; extraordinary and unique in its ability to tell a story "through the lines" and interwoven colors.Colored symmetry woven seamlessly and sensationally into the core;difficult passages and pressures securing, not a colorless voyage, but a "one-of-a-kind," tribal life for the intriguing Gad.Gad is marbled into the stones of the High Priest's breastplate where he rests secure and colorfully atoned for.Gad shall overcome at the last ... no man preventing. He shall rule triumphant with the King of Glory, and the marbled coloring within him display a story.Marvelous, marbled beauty ...Ancient, Agate, Gad.-----
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