Were the 10 Commandment Tablets Blue?

The Happy Surprise

As I was studying for a lesson last week, I came across a reference in Wikipedia to something I have never heard of. And boy, did it spark my imagination!

According to traditional teachings of Judaism in the Talmud, they [the tablets] were made of blue sapphire stone as a symbolic reminder of the sky, the heavens, and ultimately of God’s throne; many Torah scholars, however, have opined that the Biblical “sapir” was, in fact, the lapis lazuli. (Wikipedia)

After further research, I concluded that, yes,  it is a common notion in Rabbinic tradition. David Asscherick broke down the arguments well. I’ll sum them up.

The foot of God’s Throne is made of a blue stone.

In Exodus 24, Moses and the elders of Israel are invited up Mt Sinai to seal the covenant with God. They eat and drink. Moses alone may approach God…

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The Power Of Testimony

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Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott

10_ChristchurchThen the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it (Gen 2:15).

God intends us to cultivate and keep our place of connection with heaven, so that we will be able to bring heaven to earth. We still have the mandate to cultivate the garden of our hearts. The garden does not just grow of its own accord. We have to plant seeds in our hearts if we want them to grow into trees, which will produce fruit, and ‘leaves for healing’ (Ezekiel 47:12).

What to plant

You may be asking,’what seeds do I plant?’

You can take the encounters you have had with God, the victories you have had in your life, the revelation He has given you, the testimonies you have, and plant them in your garden. It does not take…

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Jewels From Heaven

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Spend time laying quietly before the Lord, humbling yourself in His presence, and strange but wonderful things will happen. At least, this is the case for Peter and Deborah Berlenbach, lead pastors of Face to Face Ministries in Abbotsford, BC. After years of serving God, they discovered Abba Father, the healer of broken hearts and giver of all good gifts. In the attached audio interview, Deborah shares how supernatural phenomenon has consistently marked their ministry in the forms of gold dust, oil, and precious jewels. These things began to manifest in their lives and ministry – though they never had knowledge or experience with such things, before.

You may ask, “Why would God do such things?” or “What is the purpose?” Would you believe that God does things simply because He can? He often lavishes divine expressions of affection on those who receive Him with the gratitude and innocence of…

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Aligning Yourself to the Sound of Heaven

Revelation 4:3-8 (AMP) boldly declares,

“And He Who sat there appeared like [the crystalline brightness of] jasper and [the fiery] sardius, and encircling the throne there was a halo that looked like [a rainbow of] emerald. Twenty-four other thrones surrounded the throne, and seated on these thrones were twenty-four elders ([b]the members of the heavenly Sanhedrin), arrayed in white clothing, with crowns of gold upon their heads.

Out from the throne came flashes of lightning and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne seven blazing torches burned, which are the seven Spirits of God [[c]the sevenfold Holy Spirit];

And in front of the throne there was also what looked like a transparent glassy sea, as if of crystal. And around the throne, in the center at each side of the throne, were four living creatures (beings) who were full of eyes in front and behind [with…

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Nephilim: The Enemy Pollutes the Seed

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Mike Parsons

We have been looking at what Jesus said, that ‘As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man’ (Matt 24:37). How was it, then, in the days of Noah?

‘The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually’ (Gen 6:4-5).

So, there were Nephilim on the earth before the flood, and even after the flood. And can you imagine how terrible that was, that all the thoughts and intents of their hearts were evil continually?…

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The End Of The Age

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Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott  

We have seen that in Matthew 24, the disciples asked Jesus about three specific things:

Mount_of_Olives_(before_1899) Mount of Olives (before 1899). Public domain.

‘As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”’(Matt 24:3).

In recent posts we have looked at how Jesus answered the first two of these. From verse 34 onwards He is talking about the end of the age.

And the first thing to say is that no-one knows when that will be. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah”…

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Podcast: Tomorrow People Session 4

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In our fourth session of the Tomorrow People conference, Ian reminds us that we are spirits with souls in bodies, that we were not made for this world. As such, this world attempts to tether us to the natural, when we were made for the supernatural. This results in us being earthbound, and makes it more difficult for many to engage the deeper realms of the Kingdom.

Imagine: untethering from the constraints of this world to be free to roam the heavenly Kingdom in your spirit 24/7! What a delicious thought! Well… sit back, listen, absorb and enjoy… Just believe!

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Please note: the engagement exercise at the end is purposely left off at Ian’s request, to avoid misuse or it being taken out of context. Any engagement exercise is based on faith, and is merely an example of something to engage with to help one focus their faith, not to be…

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Salvation and Judgment

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Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott – 

Stone and Mountain

I want to begin today by looking again at two scriptures we have seen before:

Now it will come about that In the last days
The mountain of the house of the LORD
Will be established as the chief of the mountains,
And will be raised above the hills;
And all the nations will stream to it (Isa 2:2).

You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands …But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth (Dan 2:34-35).

This Stone and Mountain are very important: Jesus taught about it, and so did the apostles. The Stone is Jesus and the Mountain is His kingdom; the house of the Lord is God’s people. The kingdom is manifest (or demonstrated) through the church as God’s people, not through the institution called ‘church’.

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Developing Our Spiritual Senses

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Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott – 

First the natural…

Our natural senses take time to develop. Hearing is one of the first to function, and we know that babies can hear sound even in the womb.The hearing nerve is connected to every organ in the body, except the spleen, and it even continues reverberating for a short while after death. But we only learn to begin to make sense of what we are hearing through constant repetition and practice.

Our natural sight improves gradually too. If I look at you, what actually happens is that light is being reflected from you and enters my eye. That projects an upside-down image onto the back of my retina, and my brain learns to interpret that as ‘you’.

But when we are first born, we can only see a few inches: just far enough to recognise our mother’s face, in fact. Over the…

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Engaging the Timeline

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Mike Parsons
and Jeremy Westcott  

We looked last time at our scroll of destiny, how important it is for us to know what is written on it, and what are the thoughts of God toward us, so that we can be all He intends us to be. Each of us was created in eternity in the heart and thoughts of God. He knew us. We had a substance in Him. He knew all about us and our destiny. We need to engage where we came from, who and what we were then, so that we can live out of that reality today.

Yesterday, today, tomorrow

‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’, says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty’ (Rev 1:8). Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8). That is the timeline. He sees and…

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