That’s interesting that they had used rocks/gems not for jewelry but for currency too. The way our world is going we may end up going back to where they are. I think we’ll be using gold and silver and things.
Yesterday we were talking about doctors and prescriptions, and it got me thinking…
1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
54:1-55:13 – celebrates the restoration that is made possible through the sacrifice of the servant in the preceding section and calls upon the nation to enjoy the blessings of this restoration.
54:1 – this verse is applied by Paul to Sarah and the covenant of promise, representing the “Jerusalem which is above” (Gal 4:26-27).
2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
Jerusalem is viewed as a woman living in her own tent. She will need a larger tent because of her many children.
3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
6 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
“Created the waster to destroy” – God raised up nations such as Assyria and Babylon to punish Israel. God did not punish them out of anger, but out of hurt and to save them from hell (see Jn 3:17; Heb 12:6-11).
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Precious Stones of the Biblical World
Precious stones have been known and sought after since earliest antiquity – gathered as loose rocks, chiseled out of sandstone or mined in shafts (Job 28:1-11). One of the first and finest, examples of jewelry known in the ancient world comes from the royal tombs of Ur (c. 2,500 B.C.).
Among the funerary hoard is a queen’s diadem (crown or royal headband), exquisitely fashioned of hammered gold beech leaves and floral motifs in lapis lazuli, as well as bead necklaces of gold, lapis, cornelian and agate.
Valued for their rarity and beauty, gemstones served a wide variety of purposes in the ancient world:
Adornment: Precious stones were used for ornamentation in both life and death (Isa 3:20-21).
Currency: Gens were coveted as a mark of wealth (2 Chr 32:27) and exchanged as a form of currency preceding coinage. Their light weight, ease of transport and durability made precious stones in the form of jewelry the most common bridal gift and dowry (Gen 24:22; Isa 61:10; Eze 16:11-13). As a woman’s personal possessions, they also became her inheritance.
Seals: Hard stones such as jasper, agate, and onyx were among the favorites for engraved seals. Inscribed with pictorial scenes or letters identifying their owner (Gen 38:18; 1 Kgs 21:8). Signet rings were pressed and cylinder seals rolled on wax or clay to leave their impression. Jewels naturally served as insignia of royalty (Zech 9:16) and by extension, of royal authority (Gen 41:42).
Signs of National Power: Gemstones were exchanged as gifts between rulers (2 Chr 9:9) and seized as spoils of war (Jdg 8:26).
Ceremonial: Ceremonial use of precious stones included their dedication to the Lord as an offering (Ex 35:22; Num 31:50). The most abundant use of gems in ancient Israel was in the adornment of the temple (2 Chr 29:2) and its chief ministrant, who wore a jewel-encrusted breastplate (Ex 28:17-21).
Theological Symbols: The value, luminosity and enduring nature of gems rendered them a most apropos literary image for the glory of the Lord (Eze 1:26) and for the recreated, eschatological (end time) people of God (Isa 54:12; Rev 21:18-21).What about street drugs, can You comment on that?