‘evan’ / אבן, Another picture…

Last evening as Jonathan and I sat around unwinding, he had a few thoughts from his morning Torah study he wanted to share.  As we were looking at verses in Deuteronomy 4, I suddenly had a brainstorm.  First, the verses,

12 Then the Lord spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of words, but you saw no form—only a voice. 10 commandments.4213 So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten [a]Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone. 14 The Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might perform them in the land where you are going over to possess it.

We noted several things…  The covenant is to be performed.  I.e., maintaining it is an action, not a belief.  (Faith without works is dead…)  The covenant is not just the Ten Words, as Christendom often teaches, but rather included much more than that.  Just refer to Exodus 20-23.  And, the covenant was to be performed not just before crossing the Jordan, but afterward as well.  (I’ll write on some of this later in terms of the symbolism and Christendom’s understanding of ‘crossing Jordan.’)  But something else stood out!

You may recall a very interesting and important post about eban, or אבן as a picture of Messiah.  After that, I wrote a follow-up post with more references to ‘stone,’ but always in connection with ‘uncut’ stone.  Of course, Messiah is/was not to have human works  added to Him. Continue reading “‘evan’ / אבן, Another picture…”

Brick v Stone as a Building Material

A couple of days ago, I was delivering some metalwork to a customer in the upstate of South Carolina.  While in the area, I called a good friend and brother, Jeff, to see if we could meet-up for lunch.  What a blessed time of fellowship, open Bibles in the restaurant and animated discussion of the Word!

During our conversation he began talking about the difference in building with bricks and stones as an illustration in the context of Exodus 20:24-25.  Let’s read,

24 You shall make an altar of earth for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen; in every place where I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you. 25 If you make an altar of stone for Me, you shall not build it of cut stones, for if you wield your tool on it, you will profane it.

I could immediately identify with his illustration as I had written a related article almost a year ago.  His angle was slightly different, but the points are inextricably connected. Continue reading “Brick v Stone as a Building Material”