Precious Stones

Exodus 28:15-30 outlined the design for the breastplate of judgment. It is very detailed. I was thinking about it. There were to be four rows of three precious stones. Where did the precious stones come from?
 
They were captives in Egypt. When they left, their neighbors gave them articles of silver, gold, and clothing. Then they were in the wilderness, crossed over in the Red Sea, crossed over the Jordan.
 
I’ve seen precious stones in the rough in Costa Rica, and in Brazil. They were mined. This caused me to go back to a VBS chorus. ‘He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, the wealth in every mine…’
 
God gave Moses the instructions up on the mountain. He was there 40 days and 40 nights. The instructions are intricate. Just the ephod and breastplate are an amazing piece of clothing.
 
I want to remind you that the foundations of the New Jerusalem are laid with precious stones. A quick list shows that eight are the same stones as in the breastplate.
 
I have said all this to take you to Malachi 3:16-17. “Then those who feared the Lord, spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name. They shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, on the day that I make them My jewels…”
 
These verses are a reminder that how we speak to others should come from a heart that fears the Lord and meditates on His name. He listens. The things we say are written in a book.
 
1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

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