A land of diamonds

Up until the time I set foot in Israel, I had no idea they had an astoundingly rich supply of diamonds. In fact, they are one of the largest sources of polished diamonds in the world:

Israel Export of Polished Diamonds - 2010I’m not very fond of jewelry, but I am particularly interested in how these precious stones are formed. Apart from the great proverbial polishing from which plenty of people draw inspiration in times of difficulty, there is actually a good deal of physical and chemical change that need to come about in order to produce them. And even that should make you stop and think about how the Creator designs everything so magnificently.

Diamonds in IsraelDiamonds are also mentioned in scripture. It should be no surprise that a land so blessed in the abundance of such a rock should have it as an integral part of their spiritual as well as their cultural history.

The Breastpiece (Exodus 28)

15 “Make a breastpiece for the High Priest to use in determining God’s will. It is to be made of the same materials as the ephod and with similar embroidery. 16 It is to be square and folded double, 9 inches long and 9 inches wide. 17 Mount four rows of precious stones on it; in the first row mount a ruby, a topaz, and a garnet; 18 in the second row, an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond;

The Sin and Punishment of Judah (Jeremiah 17)

1 The Lord says, “People of Judah, your sin is written with an iron pen; it is engraved on your hearts with a diamond point and carved on the corners of your altars.

The Fall of the King of Tyre (Ezekiel 28)

11 The Lord spoke to me again. 12 “Mortal man,” he said, “grieve for the fate that is waiting for the king of Tyre. Tell him what I, the Sovereign Lord, am saying: You were once an example of perfection. How wise and handsome you were!13 You lived in Eden, the garden of God, and wore gems of every kind: rubies and diamonds; topaz, beryl, carnelian, and jasper; sapphires, emeralds, and garnets. You had ornaments of gold. They were made for you on the day you were created.

 

 

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