Megan (jehoshabeath) wrote,
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The order of the stones in Ezekiel 28

There's a verse in Ezekiel that lists a lot of different stones - Ezekiel 28:13. I wrote them out today and compared them to the order of the stones in the High Priest's breastplate. The order wasn't the same, but there was something interesting about it...

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The first two stones named in Ezekiel 28 are in the same order as the stones in the priest's breastplate. But the third stone is different. In Ezekiel, it jumps to the 6th stone. Now, this strikes me as interesting because the passage in Ezekiel is speaking of the fall of the Prince of Tyre and the number 6, if I remember correctly, is associated with sin. Do the order of the stones skip from 1, 2, 6 because of what the passage is speaking of? "I established you... you were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you." Ezekiel 38:14-15

After the first three stones, Ezekiel names the stones that were 10th, 11th, and 12th in the breastplate. To me, this seems to be a completion. But then the list continues, this time, counting backwards: 5th, 4th, and finally, perfection - 3rd. I wonder if God is showing His work of redemption? How He takes evil and turns it for good and ultimately achieves His own purposes? (Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28, 1 Corinthians 15:28)

Something else that's curious - the 7th, 8th, and 9th breastplate stones are missing... Is there any connection between those and the notes on the holidays?

Just meditating and wondering :)
Tags: exodus, ezekiel, god, stones
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