The Throne-Room part three
This post is the third in a series on Revelation chapter four. To begin at the beginning, to the first post, then please click here.
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Revelation 4:3 ‘And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rich variety of comment is available here. Certainly these are both costly stone. The jasper holds different colours and possibly speaks of the all-encompassing nature of God’s grace and the carnelian is red which possibly speaks of the justice of God.
Some commentators point out that carnelian, which is often called sardis, and jasper were the first and last of the twelve precious stones in the high priest’s breastplate, each of which was inscribed with the name of one of the tribes of Israel, as described in Exodus 28:17-21.
The jasper would have stood for Reuben, the eldest of Jacob’s twelve sons and the carnelian for Benjamin, the youngest son.
Jasper also features in Revelation 20:11 where we read: ‘…The Holy City Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven. It shone with the glory of God and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, as clear as crystal’.
John Walvoord comments that jasper, being described above as being as clear as crystal, may be what we would call today a diamond. 1
Revelation 4:3 ‘A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne’.
Robert Caird commented: ‘this is a statement which teases the imagination out of all thought’.
The rainbow points towards the days of Noah in Genesis 9:13 which was a sign of the covenant between God and man.
The rainbow ark encircling the throne here speaks of the eternal nature of this covenant between God and people.
Emeralds are green and Matthew Henry commented on the refreshing and reviving nature of this colour.
Every gardener tending an herbaceous border knows that green, with its multitude of shades and hues, is the very fabric and foundation that holds a garden together.
God holds the very fabric and foundation of this universe within His grasp and warm embrace.
Psalm 24:1 ‘The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it, for He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.’
Tomorrow we explore the twenty-four elders. To be taken there please click here.
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