Volume 15

September 2016

Issue 9  Page 2


Table of Contents:

About this Ministry
   o Planning Team
   o Past Newsletters
   o Dorcas House on
        Facebook
   o Our Church's Web

Page 1:
  o KIilroy Was Here

Page 2:
  o Gemstones of the Bible

 Page 3:
  o Dorcas House News

Page 4:
  o
Handy Things to Know
     o Using a Microphone
     o Freezing Avocados

Page 5:
  o Sara Nickson Cooks
      Bowtie Chicken
       Caesar Salad
  o Peach Upside Down
       Coffee Cake

Page 6:
  o News Bites
     o Ladies Bible Class
         Resumes
     o Sewing Sisters

 

Amethyst,
           
A Royal Blend

Lesson 9 of the 12 on

gemstones of the Bibles

by Mary Ellen Evan

Amethyst is a popular gemstone and one of several quartz varieties. Only purple quartz is called “amethyst” but it can have a wide range of purple shades. Its crystal structure is slightly different from that of other quartz. The Greeks named it amethyst ('amethystos'), most likely referring to its wine-like purple color. The actual word means “not drunken,” and ancient folklore in several cultures believed the stone would protect or ward off the effects of alcohol. Its color is unparalleled among gemstones, with more expensive purple gemstones often compared to amethyst for its color and beauty. Found abundantly all over the world, the depth of its color (determined by the amount of iron impurities in it) varies with locality. If not treated with heat, amethyst color will fade with prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.

From the dawn of history, amethyst has adorned the rich and powerful. Men of both the secular and ecclesiastical world have long worn it, from the Pharaohs of Egypt to Catherine the Great, and from Moses’ time in the breastplate of the high priest (third stone in the third row) to bishops and cardinals of the Catholic clergy. Over the centuries, it has been prominently displayed in the ornaments of the Catholic clergy because they believed it put the wearer in a chaste frame of mind and symbolized trust and piety. It was in the ring of 15th century Popes and is used today in the prelates' crosses. The book of Revelation lists amethyst as one of the twelve foundation stones of heaven.

Folklore in many cultures gives numerous powers to amethyst. Aside from protection from drunkenness, it was thought to protect crops and humans from a variety of evil spirits, disasters, and diseases including snakebite, addiction, hearing disorders, insomnia, headaches, pain and mental illness, as well as to beautify the skin. Folklore also says the wearer of amethyst will be more gentle, amiable, spiritual, loving, courageous and happy.

The lessons in this stone are reasonably obvious. First, every object and color used in the Tabernacle and its worship pointed in some way to Christ and His church. Blue indicated heaven in which he was king. Red spoke of his sacrificed and cleansing blood. Purple, a mixture of red and blue, becomes symbolic of heavenly royalty and self-sacrifice. As children of God, purple reminds us of our heritage and duty. Secondly amethyst’ structure is different than other quartz. As Christians, we are physically like the rest of mankind, yet we are set apart and are a little different. While Christians are not a rare find among men (we are found all over the world), our lives are “improved” and more desirable than non-Christian’s. Thirdly, our lives are to be a benchmark among men for its beauty and reflection of God’s light. Lastly, we are not to fade in reflecting God’s glory because the blood of Christ has treated us.