SAPPHIRE SECUREBy: 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 Sapphire.The Sapphire is an intense brilliant blue stone composed of four qualities:Color. Hardness. Durability. Luster.The Sapphire stone's placement in the High Priest's breastplate is Second row and center.The tribe we're associating it with is Zebulun based on Jacob's blessings in Genesis 49.Both the stone and the tribe are matched well for memorability:"Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea, and he shall be for a haven of ships; and his border unto Zidon."Genesis 49:13A sea of blue surrounds the two: The Sapphire stone and Zebulun.-------Known as the birthstone of September, the Sapphire carries some curious facts:+The best known Sapphires are the rich blue variety but actually come in every color of the rainbow. Red Sapphires are better known as Rubies and both are members of the mineral corundum family.+On the Mohs stone scale of hardness, the Sapphire ranks a 9 out of 10 and can only be scratched by a diamond which is what makes it a durable and substantial piece of prized jewelery.+The ability to weather "storms" and scratches causes the Sapphire to be extremely versatile and hence, the stone's industrial use.+From ancient days and forward, the Sapphire symbolized chastity, nobility, and faithfulness; Europeans even believed it to cure eye disease.+Napolean Bonaparte, Princess Diana, and Princess Kate have all three made the Sapphire a stone of royalty and worn by elite subjects.--------But the most beautiful and pressing thing about the Sapphire is its qualifying beauty as accompanying the presence of God."And they saw the God of Israel and there was under His feet as it were a paved work of Sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness."Exodus 24:10and"And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a Sapphire stone, and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above it."Ezekiel 1:26Additional verses referencing the Sapphire:Job 28:6&16; Song of Solomon 5:14; Isaiah 54:11; Lamentations 4:7; Ezekiel 10:1&28:13; Revelation 21:19------- The sure stone of the Sapphire is settled beautifully and colorfully on the breastplate of the High Priest. None shall remove the stone nor its color, and Christ Himself shall bear the "blue" of both Israel and His child.Exalt in your central position, dear child.Rejoice in your state of blue.The Father loves you, gave His Son for you, and now wears "blue" for you.Sapphire Secure.--------
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