A Pavement of Sapphire Stone

Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness.Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.

(Exodus 24:9-10) ESV

You may be uncomfortable with the idea that God uses a section of the firmament as a movable platform like a giant cosmic surfboard. We get it, this is a deep end and we went off it. It’s what we do.

The thing is: the firmament is clearly a made thing, not merely the empty expanse of the sky as most translations render it:

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.

(Psalm 19:1) NKJV

Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament!

(Psalms 150:1) NKJV

Another example of God using a section of the firmament as a movable platform is found in Exodus. In Exodus 24 Moses took Aaron, Nadab and Abihu and seventy of the elders of Israel went up to Mount Sinai to meet with the Lord. They saw under his feet a pavement of sapphire stone. What could this be but a section of the firmament?

Given all this, and references to God and the angelic host visiting Earth on a crystalline pavement, the star of Bethlehem is a piece of crystalline firmament material (CFM).


Where did you get here from?
1September 24th – The Star of Bethlehem
2December 26th – The Bright and Morning Star
3The Firmament
– Navigate back to where you came from.

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