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Onyx - The Twelfth Stone of Aaron's Breastplate

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Onyx

Onyx

Sardonyx Cameo

Sardonyx Cameo

Onyx (or Sardonyx)

The final stone in Aaron's Breastplate and the first foundation stone in the New Jerusalem, is generally thought to be the Onyx, or as some scholars have more specifically called it, the Sardonyx. Some scholars have suggested the rose quartz, Pink Tourmaline, or Jasper as well. The majority however, have focussed on the Onyx/Sardonyx stone. What is interesting in discussions of this stone, is the description of the colour. Most feel that due to the Hebrew and Greek names, as well as how these stones were often described by ancient writers, it was known to have a nail or bone-like colouring, suggesting to many that it was of a pinkish, or red/white - pinkish colouration. We'll look at these stones with that understanding.

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Jasper uncut

Jasper uncut

Make-up and Characteristics

As in previous discussions of the Jasper and Onyx stones, these occur in nature in a wide array of colours and colour combinations. It is of interest to note however, that both these stones do have pink or pale skin-coloured varieties. In the Onyx, the Sardonyx varient with its red and white striping, can easily appear pinkish or skin-toned at a quick glance. Both stones are in the same place on the Mohs hardness scale at 6 - 7 roughly. Both also get their pinkish tone from whitish and reddish portions of the stone, whether banding on the Onyx, or irregularities of the Jasper. Both stones were easy to come by for the Egyptian people prior to the Hebrews fleeing Pharoah.

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Benjamin and James - Associations with the Stone

Benjamin's name means "son of my right hand". This is a very prophetic meaning, as Benjamin became a staunch supporter of Judah, King David's tribe. Jacob's blessing over Benjamin indicated his would become a warlike tribe, and in choosing to stand with Judah, that did become the case as Israel split in half and central Israel became hotly contested from time to time.

The name James, is apparently the English word for Jacob, and as such, bears the same meaning, "supplanter". Like his brother John, he is looked on in the various Gospel accounts as faithful, loyal, zealous, and in Luke 9:52-54, would have called down fire on Christ's detractors if Jesus Himself had not rebuked him first. Just like his brother, he'd misunderstood what Christ meant about His Kingdom and stood eagerly by his Mother as she requested that her two sons sit at His side when Christ entered His throne in Heaven. Yes, he most definitely was one of the "Sons of Thunder".

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High Priestly Robes with the Breastplate in place

High Priestly Robes with the Breastplate in place

So what can we gather for the Bride of Christ?

Red stands for the Blood of Christ that washes away the deathly stain of sin from the human heart. White stands for the purity Christ displayed and that we can only afford through His sacrifice for our sins. The fleshly colour generally ascribed to the 12th stone points to Christ's body which was beaten, bruised, and whipped, about whom it is written in Isaiah 53: He was bruised for our iniquities, surely he bore our sorrows, and by His stripes we are healed. We sing a song with the same lyrics.

Jesus stands at the right hand of the Father interceding for His Bride according to the book of Hebrews, and one day the thunderous trumpet will sound and the Bride of Christ will rise to meet Him in the air.

This stone reminds us of the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the Cross, of our fleshly nature, and that it is only by His shed Blood that we can be cleansed of all unrighteousness and made clean and white before Him.

We have now covered ALL Twelve Stones in Aaron's Breastplate

HebrewGreekSeptuagintKing JamesBreastplate StoneFoundation StoneColorTribeApostle

Odem

sardius/Carnelian

Sardius

Sardius

Ruby

Sard

Red

Reuben

Philip

Pitdah

Topaz

Topaz

Topaz

Topaz

Topaz

Tan

Simeon

Matthew

Bareketh

Emerald

Emerald

Carbuncle (Garnet)

Peridot

Chrysoprase

Yellow green (Golden)

Levi

Thaddaeus

Jophek

Anthrax

Anthrax(Garnet)

Emerald

Garnet

Jacinth

Reddish black

Judah

Simon

Sappir

Sapphire

Sapphire

Sapphire

Aqua-marine

Chalcedony

Light Blue

Issachar

Paul

Yahalom

Jasper

Jasper

Diamond

Fire Opal

Jasper

Orange

Zebulun

Peter

Leshem

Ligure

Ligure

Ligure

Sapphire

Lapis Lazuli

Royal Blue

Dan

Andrew

Shebo

Agate

Agate

Agate

Emerald

Emerald

Green

Gad

John

Ahlamah

Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst

Purple

Naphtali

Matthias

Tarshish

Chrysolite

Chrysolite

Beryl

Chrysoberyl

Chrysolite

Yellow

Assher

Bartholomew

Shoham

Beryl,Beryl

Beryl

Onyx

Diamond,

Beryl, Onyx

White

Joseph

Thomas

Yashpheh

Onyx

Onyx

Jasper

Pink Tourmaline

Sardonyx,Rose Quartz

Red/White stripes, or Pink

Benjamin

James

© 2013 Marilynn Dawson

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