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Ligure, or perhaps Sapphire or Lapis Lazuli
The seventh stone in Aaron's Breastplate, often called the Ligure, and sometimes referred to as the Sapphire or Lapis Lazuli, is an interesting stone. If known by the name Ligure, as given in the Scriptural account of the stones necessary for Aaron's Breastplate, we meet with historical ambiguity and even skepticism. One source redeems it by giving a bit of history where the stone was typically found in the lower part of France. In addition, the name in Hebrew comes from a similar word meaning Lynx, as in, the large cat. Ligure is apparently formed from amber of a tree also referred to as a lynx, giving way to some of the mythological references to this stone that have created so much skepticism.
While several sources all agree that this was the seventh stone, at the same time, an equal number of sources claim it was the blue of the Sapphire or Lapis Lazuli rather than the yellowish green of the Ligure.
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Make-up and Characteristics
Ligure, as noted above, is generally a yellowish-green in nature, and apparently giving the appearance of millet, or small grains. It is gathered by some to have supposed to been a form of agate. Being made out of amber, it is also considered quite a hard stone.
Sapphire is most known for it's deep blue colour, although it comes in lighter shades or even different colours altogether. On the Mohs hardness scale, it is right behind the diamond, at a rating of 9. This has meant that this stone, similar to the Diamond, has found it's way into various commercial uses requiring very hard stone to complete a job. This stone has been available from locations in Africa.
Lapis Lazuli is not a precious stone per se, but is known as semi-precious. It is often found in colours ranging from blue mid-tones to dark blue, and is thought to have been the stone that John saw as one of the 12 foundation stones in the New Jerusalem. Lapis Lazuli has been around since ancient times, and according to Wikipedia, was sourced from Afghanistan by ancient Egypt as their supplier of the stone.. It is a softer stone at only 5 - 5.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.
Dan and Andrew - Associations with the Stone
The meaning of Dan, is "judge", "to judge", "to be vindicated". A somewhat more descriptive meaning is given by his Mother, Racheal when she says, "Hashem has judged me and heard my voice". One of his descendants, Samson, would also be judged and sent to the Philistines. Other definitions say Dan as a tribe was to judge among his own tribe and people as an equal.
Andrew's name in Greek, means "manly, manliness, or strong man". Scripture doesn't give us a Hebrew version of his name. From what can be gathered of his role among the Disciples and later the Early Church, it is safe to surmise that he was an unassuming character who was quick to judge the nature of Jesus as the Christ, and introduce others to Him.
What does this mean for the Bride of Christ?
The understanding of this seventh place in Aaron's Breastplate would suggest that the Bride of Christ can be a confusing and sometimes contentious body of Believers. We're soft at some moments, tough as nails at others. But whether we shine the Light of Christ, insist on living the Life of Faith, or point heavenward (yellow, green, blue), we are all living out the Great Commission one way or another, even if we don't agree on how that's done or what that looks like. But regardless of our take on living the Christian faith in the world, we are to correctly judge that Jesus Christ is Lord, that one day He will judge the world and those who turned their backs, and to bring others to that saving knowledge as well.
Today we covered the Seventh stone in Aaron's Breastplate
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Yellow green (Golden)
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