I have always been fascinated by sapphires. Not only are they beautiful, but they are blue, my favorite color. My interest was even more piqued when my husband, John, bought me a sapphire and diamond ring for our anniversary one year. The two diamonds in the center, he explained, were usfashioned by the Saviors hand, though we had once been lumps of coal. The two sapphires, one on either side of the two-diamond center, were us after the Lord exchanges our mortality to immortality and we are inlaid into His abdomen, in His innermost parts (Song of Solomon 5:14b). The gold ring is significant of our on-going relationship with each other and with our Maker. I was so taken with what God had revealed to John that I asked him to repeat the story to me over and over that day, and everytime I awoke in the night. It was new and exciting everytime I heard it. We were one, we were together, and we were the Lords.
Since that day I have hid in my heart the many things I learned about sapphires. I was surprised to find that rubies are actually sapphires, only they are red sapphires. In scripture, the color blue generally represents revelation and clarity. Red usally refers to blood or suffering. The prophet Isaiah quotes our God saying:
O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, Behold, I will set your stones in antimony, And your foundations I will lay in sapphires.
Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies, And your gates of crystal, And your entire wall of precious stones. Isaiah 54:11-12
Now when the Lord God says something it is true. And if he says our foundations will be laid in sapphires and our battlements of rubies, He knew exactly what He was sayingHe is the creator of ALL things. He knows intimately the qualities of these two precious stones. In my research, I found some of these very significant characteristics about sapphires.
First of all, they are an almost perfect insulator.1 and balanced perfectly between beauty and utility.2 Reflecting upon that, I realized that sapphires can be a perfect conduit of the Holy Spirit, allowing revelation to flow unhindered to Gods people. And since the Holy Spirit also convicts us of sin AND righteousness, we can trust those words to be true and continue with confidence to appoach our Father in heaven. With a foundation of revelation direct from the Father, we will not easily founder during battle. As vessels of the Holy Spirit, we reflect the creative beauty of the Lord while still being useful vessels to make His glory known here on earth.
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge;
and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness;
and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8
Secondly, sapphires are extremely hard and virtually scratchproof.3 To me that signifies endurance, perseverance, and steadfastness:
knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:3-4
Furthermore, no acid or other chemicals affect sapphires.4 So, then, any foul lies, slander, accusation and the like, cannot penetrate a foundation of sapphire. And, as one would expect, sapphires have a very high melting point.5 When I think of this quality of sapphires, I envision our battlements of rubies. On top of the foundation of sapphires we have a battlement of rubies, able to withstand the furnace of affliction and the tests and trials that would assail us, and able to extinguish the fiery darts of the enemy, the accuser of the brethren.
And, finally, sapphires have the ability to allow free passage of all waves of light, from ultra violet, through visable, to infrared.6 This is the entire spectrum of the rainbow and our true light who is Jesus Christ. Imagine that Light coming to us and through us, Christ in you, the hope of glory Colossians 1:26. How glorious to to have the Father of Lights bestow this blessing upon us, the redeemed of the Lord! A dealer of these stones once said:
When you buy rubies and sapphires, you own the rainbow.7
I hope you have enjoyed reading about some of our heritage as believers and followers of Jesus Christ. And I pray that your foundation has been strengthened by some facet that you have not seen before.
1 Ward, Fred, Rubies and Sapphires, National Geographic, Vol. 180 No. 4, October 1991, p. 124
2 Ibid., p. 100
3 Ibid., p. 122
4 Ibid., p. 122
5 Ibid., p. 124
6 Ibid., p. 124
7 Ibid., p. 124