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God's Use of Precious Stones in the Bible

In my Bible studies over the years I have read many passages about stones or precious gems and their symbolism to God. I have my own collection of stones which remind me of God's promises as well as various victories that God has brought about in my life. I want to share some of these Bible passages with you. Following are some of these references to stones. I have selected only parts of these passages to write down. I would encourage you to read the whole Bible passage referenced if you would like a deeper understanding of the scriptures that I have quoted.

The Stones in the Breastpiece of Decision

ROW #1 Ruby Topaz Beryl
ROW #2 Turquoise Sapphire Emerald
ROW #3 Jacinth Agate Amethyst
ROW #3 Chrysolite Onyx Jasper

In the Old Testament God gave Moses very specific directions about everything that he was supposed to do. God is so detail oriented...it amazes me! Following are GOD's directions to MOSES about how to fashion the breastpiece portion of the priestly garments.

Ruby - Stone in Hebrew Priest Breastpiece Golden Beryl - Stone in Hebrew Priest Breastpiece Red Beryl - Stpne in Hebrew Priest Breastpiece
Turquoise - Stone in Hebrew Priest Breastpiece Sapphire - stone in Hebrew Priest Breastpiece Emerald- Stone in Hebrew Priest Breastpiece
Jacinth - Stone in Hebrew Priest Breastpiece Aquamarine - Stone in Hebrew Priest Breastpiece Amethyst - Stone in Hebrew Priest Breastpiece
Green Beryl - Stone in Hebrew Priest Breastpiece Onyx - Stone in Hebrew Priest Breastpiece Jasper - Stone in Hebrew Priest Breastpiece

Exodus 28:15-29 "Fashion a breastpiece for making decisions......Then mount four rows of precious stones on it. There are to be twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes.........Whenever Aaron (the High Priest) enters the Holy Place, he will bear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the breastpiece of decision as a continuing memorial before the LORD. Thus Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the LORD. "

In the Old Testament a priest would stand and represent the people before God.

Today, Jesus is our one and only priest who stands before God as our mediator. When he makes decisions about our lives, future, trials, etc. where do you think we are positioned? Are we important to him...does he consider our needs....our wants..our future with Him? In my opinion and based on the Old Testaments pattern of using physical examples to illustrate spritual truths, I believe that we are on Jesus' heart whenever he makes a decision about our lives. That gives me great comfort.

The Stones in Our Future

In the New Testament , specifically in the book of Revelation, God uses stones again to remind us of how precious the church family  (his bride) is and how beautiful his church is when it is built on the right foundation using many different parts that work together in unity.   These stones also give us a vision for our future with Him.

Revelation 21:1-27 "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.  And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the twelve gates...The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone."

12th Foundation Amethyst (purple)
11th Foundation Jacinth (blue)
10th Foundation Chrysoprase (green)
9th Foundation Topaz (yellow)
8th Foundation Beryl (green)
7th Foundation Chrysolite (olive)
6th Foundation Carnelian (red)
5th Foundation Sardonyx (white)
4th Foundation Emerald (green)
3rd Foundation Chalcedony (milky)
2nd Foundation Sapphire (blue)
1st Foundation Jasper (green or reddish brown quartz)

The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl.  The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass. The city does not need the sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.  Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.  

Revelation 2:12-17 - "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it."

Summary: There are many meanings that can be derived from studying these scriptures. One practical application is to take a few stones and use them to remind you of certain people to pray for.

Additional Info:

Varieties of beryl have been considered gemstones since prehistoric times. Recognized for its beauty, in the Bible, in Ezekiel 1:16, the wheels of God's throne are described as having the appearance of "gleaming beryl". Green beryl is called emerald, red beryl is bixbite or red emerald or scarlet emerald, blue beryl is aquamarine, pink beryl is morganite, white beryl is goshenite, and a clear bright yellow beryl is called golden beryl. Other shades such as yellow-green for heliodor and honey yellow are common.


Emerald Picture - By Géry Parent - Copyrighted free use, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2943951
Golden Beryl Picture - CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=936363
Black Onyx - By Simon Eugster --Simon 14:41, 11 April 2006 (UTC) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=697130