Monday, April 14, 2014

Israel Trip - Mount Precipe and Diamonds


After a fine felafel lunch, we traveled north to Mount Precipe.  This view looks out over the city of Nazareth and the hill country of Galilee, where Yeshua (Jesus) grew to manhood (Matthew 2:23). 

This mountain is thought to be the one spoken of in Luke 4:16-30.  Yeshua caused a great furor when he spoke in the local synagogue, and an angry group threatened to throw him off the cliff.  

Our next stop was a jewelry store....a very expensive diamond store.  Israel processes a great many of the diamonds sold internationally.  It was interesting to see how they are mined and processed, but I felt we  we spent too much time there.  I was eager to get to the Galilee.

There were other precious stones available for purchase, and the store offers to set the stones while you wait.   One of the ladies in our group bought a diamond and had it set.  While we waited, I walked around the small museum in the store, and found this interesting:


This is an artist's rendering of the breastplate of the Biblical high priest.  Each precious stone represents one of the twelve tribes of Israel.  It was very beautiful.  The verse on the wall in the photo below tells the story.  The woman was our tour guide in the museum, and she was very funny and entertaining.  


The words in bold are the Aaronic benediction, and this is the passage in Exodus 28 (sorry for the reflection from the flash):

 “Make a breastplate for judging. Have it crafted by a skilled artisan; make it like the work of the ritual vest — make it of gold; blue, purple and scarlet yarn; and finely woven linen. 16 When folded double it is to be square — a hand-span by a hand-span. 17 Put in it settings of stones, four rows of stones: the first row is to be a carnelian, a topaz and an emerald; 18 the second row a green feldspar, a sapphire and a diamond; 19 the third row an orange zircon, an agate and an amethyst; 20 and the fourth row a beryl, an onyx and a jasper. They are to be mounted in their gold settings. 21 The stones will correspond to the names of the twelve sons of Isra’el; they are to be engraved with their names as a seal would be engraved, to represent the twelve tribes." (CJB)


The prices at the store were way too much for my pocketbook, and I had this conversation with Natalie, our tour guide:

"Do you think they would give me a discount if I told them I'm a rabbi's wife?"

She rolled her eye's and said, "In Israel, EVERYONE'S husband is a rabbi."

Who knew?????  

After a long wait, we boarded our bus and headed for Tiberius and the beautiful Sea of Galilee.  I was so excited!  
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for letting us tour with you! I've often thought about that "breastplate" of the high priest and wondered what it looked like. My older sister must have thought of this when she embroidered the names of us 12 children on a shirt for my dad as the "priest" of our family who took us daily to the Father in prayer.

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