The Origin of Birthstones

21 May

Exodus 39:  The finished work.

Lessons for Living Today:

God designed clothing for the priest to wear while serving in the Tabernacle.  birthstaonesGod picked out the colors, cloth, unique design and requested 12 gemstones, set in a filigree of gold and engraved with the names of the 12 tribes of Israel.  Later, some decided to call these birthstones (because there were 12) and connected them to the signs of the Zodiac.  God intended no such connection.  But today these 12 stones are mostly known only as birthstones while few know of the connection of the 12 gemstones on the priests garment.

In God’s design for the world and all that is in it—everything has a reason and a purpose.  The vanilla orchid produces the vanilla bean that we so love for so many reasons.  But if God would not have created the Melipona bee, the only be small enough to pollinate the tiny vanilla orchid, we would have no vanilla beans. Mankind has discovered they can pollinate each vanilla orchid by hand and still get the delicious vanilla beans we so love.  This time-consuming work is why real vanilla is so expensive and valued.

As the connection between the vanilla orchid and the bee came to be understood, God’s purpose for the 12 stones on the priests garment also had a connection.  They served to remind the Israelites of the ancestors that had gone before and whose good name they were carrying forward.  In the Old Testament many instructions seemed without purpose.  But as the New Testament unfolded, the meaning of the things done centuries before began to be understood.  The Bible can only be understood as a continued story.  You don’t read a sentence here and another there from any other book and understand the connection.  So to with the Bible—read it all.

God’s Question: Will you ignore the Zodiac and accept My Word?

God’s Promise: You are My treasured possession.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for the way You speak to me through Your Word.

I am sorry I am not always listening for You to speak.

Thank You for waiting patiently for me to come around.

Help me live my life in a way to point others to You.


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