Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Precious Gems for His Crown
The High Priest Wore a Breast Plate with 12 Stones Representing the 12 Tribes.
Our Bible Study teacher, Linda was taking us into a
study of the Old Testament Tabernacle and how it is a picture of Jesus
Christ.I took notes and present here a
The twelve tribes of Israel were to encamp around the
tent Tabernacle, three tribes on each of the four sides of the tent.
As we looked at each tribe, it was
interesting to notice their name and the meaning.In their culture there was powerful meaning
Each tribe was also
represented by a precious gem and the stones are mentioned in Revelation about
the New Jerusalem and the foundations.
1.Levi – AttachedAvenger (Priests were chosen from this tribe.)Stone was Garnet
2.Zebulon – Loyal and a Risk taker – dwelling and ships.Stone was Diamond
3.Gad – A troop comes.Warrior - Stone was Amethyst.
4.Benjamin – Son of the Right Hand – Stone was
Jasper.I Corinthians 12:13 We see Jesus
the real Son of the Right Hand. -
5.Simeon – Hearing – (He was imprisoned by Joseph) His
Stone was Chrysolite.
6.Issachar – Sturdy, known for wisdom and understanding.Stone was Sapphire
7.Naphtali – Wrestling – It is a word used in Eph 6 for
the Armor of God. A deer let loose.–
His Stone was Agate
8.Joseph – A fruitful son.Joseph had two sons:Manasseh – Forget my toil (Gideon’s tribe) Second
Son of Joseph was Ephraim – Fruitful - (Joseph’s
Stone was Onyx)
9.Reuben – First born – Might and Strength but unstable- Stone was Sard.
10.Judah – Praise – Led the March (The
Line to Jesus) - Stone was Emerald
11.Dan – God is Judge – Sly as a Serpent.(Sampson from this tribe) Stone was Topaz
12.Asher- Blessed and Happy - Stone was Beryl.
When the Children of Israel left Egypt, God
instructed them to “borrow” gold and precious gems from the Egyptians.This they did in abundance.
God is a God of detail, and his instructions were intricate
and absolute in measurements and décor for the Tabernacle and the Priests
garments.The High Priest wore a
breastplate with 12 stones each representing the twelve tribes.They were a perpetual remembrance unto the
The precious stones in Exodus 28:17-21 represent the
twelve tribes, and Revelations 21:15-21 mentions the twelve tribes and God’s
prophetic plan through history for Israel.
These stones are connected to the New
Jerusalem and the wall foundations.
As our teacher spoke about these precious gems, I was
reminded of an old hymn and mentioned it.“When He cometh to make up his Jewels, precious Jewels his loved and His
No one seemed to know of this old
hymn, but I found it for you to enjoy on Youtube.