By: Darrelyn L. Tutt*This study is progressive and picks up where the last one leaves off. If you're just beginning the study ... take time to look back."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 name shall they be according to the twelve tribes."Exodus 28:17-21-------Today's Stone: CarbuncleThe Carbuncle is deemed "old word" jewel terminology and seldom used, but the King James revives it and makes use of it. I like to think of it as rare and old as the stone itself and useful in its old tongue utterance. Indeed, the Egyptian tombs were carriers of this radiant gem.The Carbuncle is an intense red, beautiful, precious stone. Vibrant. Brilliant. Distinguished.It's the kind of red that keeps you looking and, when held in sunlight, takes on the appearance of a red hot burning coal. The word "Carbuncle" actually originates from "Carbunculus" (Latin) meaning small coal.Carried from ancient days and into the present is the belief that the Carbuncle carries healing properties as well. Indeed, it's easy to see why such a stone would rise to the top and be sanctioned and defined with such noble and glorious purpose.It's also the stone we correlate with Levi who was paired off with Simeon in the words of Jacob in Genesis 49:5-7. This duo was outfitted with a defining of cruelty, violence, and sub-human behavior. Still ... the red jewel survives and sheds light on the crimson blood and empowerment to be found in Christ. The High Priest conveyed the "Carbuncle tribe" into the Most Holy presence and even transferred priestly rights onto the frail shoulders of Levi in Deuteronomy 33:8-11.It's an extraordinary wonder whether you choose to identify this particular stone with Levi or not; the names and colors of the stones are an able reminder of the character of God and the twelve tribes of Israel as one nation represented before Him.-------Passages speaking to the Carbuncle:"O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest and not comforted; behold I will lay thy stones with fair colors and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy boarders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord and great shall be the peace of thy children."Isaiah 54:11-13Ezekiel 28:13 also enlists the beauty of the carbuncle in the covering of Satan (King of Tyre.) How beautiful at one time, Satan must have appeared. God had decked him out in beautiful and inexpressible color ... but then the pride.Hmmm ...-------The Talmud, interestingly and curiously, ascribes the Carbuncle as the light source on Noah's ark. It's a fantastic thought which does indeed illumine and expand the mind.The glory of the stones, after all, lies in the glory of the Maker who ascribes them a special role of glory from beginning to end (Genesis to Revelation,) and it's all such a brilliant and marvelous wonder.The glory of God shines through the stones and the Redeemer carries them into eternity.May the red coal of mercy burn strong in your soul ... Carbuncle Clear.------
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