By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

This 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 Beryl and our tribe is Naphtali.

The beautiful Beryl is situated as the first stone in the fourth row of the High Priest's breastplate.
Facts about the Beryl:
+Beryl is a mineral of diverse color with many beautiful stones in its family; the green Emerald is perhaps the most popular.
+Pure Beryl is both transparent and colorless;
the impurities give it its color.
+The name Beryl has its origins in the Latin, "Beryllus," which means "precious blue-green color-of-sea-water" stone.
+The Beryl is a hearty, hard, and durable stone making it a popular and well-worn gem.
The tribe of Naphtali weaves its way beautifully into the Beryl.
"Naphtali is a hind (deer) let loose; he giveth goodly words."
Genesis 49:21
"And of Naphtali he said, 'O Naphtali, satisfied with favor and full with the blessing of the Lord, possess thou the west and the south."
Deuteronomy 33:23
Naphtali was a tribe familiar with struggle;
but so was he a tribe familiar with blessing.
Naphtali's foot would be loosed through battle and the gift of words would color and supply him with movement. He would also be prescribed, along with four of the other tribes, an animal comparative:
+Judah as a lion.
+Issachur as a donkey.
+Dan as a serpent.
+Benjamin as a wolf.
+Naphtali as a hind or a deer.
Directionally, the blessing of west and south would imply Capernaum, Bethsaida, and the Sea of Galilee ... carriers and hosts to Christ Himself.
Indeed, the blessing of the Lord would be carried far and wide by the Good News of the Gospel and the good words springing from Napthali.
The pure and perfect "Stone" would signature the transparency of the pure Beryl.
The "color-of-sea" water be as Galilee.

Napthali is engrafted in a setting of gold on the breastplate of the High Priest.
His place has been prescribed, foretold, and foreshadowed with every sign of goodness and the blessing of "words" announced upon him.
Naphtali shall move with agility,
and speak freely.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
The High Priest will assist and carry Him progressively heavenward and forever on His breast.
Brilliant Beryl.
"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings ..."
Isaiah 52:7