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Onyx - The Twelfth Stone of Aaron's Breastplate

Updated on September 18, 2013
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Onyx
Onyx
Sardonyx Cameo
Sardonyx Cameo | Source

Onyx (or Sardonyx)

The final stone in Aaron's Breastplate and the first foundation stone in the New Jerusalem, is generally thought to be the Onyx, or as some scholars have more specifically called it, the Sardonyx. Some scholars have suggested the rose quartz, Pink Tourmaline, or Jasper as well. The majority however, have focussed on the Onyx/Sardonyx stone. What is interesting in discussions of this stone, is the description of the colour. Most feel that due to the Hebrew and Greek names, as well as how these stones were often described by ancient writers, it was known to have a nail or bone-like colouring, suggesting to many that it was of a pinkish, or red/white - pinkish colouration. We'll look at these stones with that understanding.

Jasper uncut
Jasper uncut

Make-up and Characteristics

As in previous discussions of the Jasper and Onyx stones, these occur in nature in a wide array of colours and colour combinations. It is of interest to note however, that both these stones do have pink or pale skin-coloured varieties. In the Onyx, the Sardonyx varient with its red and white striping, can easily appear pinkish or skin-toned at a quick glance. Both stones are in the same place on the Mohs hardness scale at 6 - 7 roughly. Both also get their pinkish tone from whitish and reddish portions of the stone, whether banding on the Onyx, or irregularities of the Jasper. Both stones were easy to come by for the Egyptian people prior to the Hebrews fleeing Pharoah.

Benjamin and James - Associations with the Stone

Benjamin's name means "son of my right hand". This is a very prophetic meaning, as Benjamin became a staunch supporter of Judah, King David's tribe. Jacob's blessing over Benjamin indicated his would become a warlike tribe, and in choosing to stand with Judah, that did become the case as Israel split in half and central Israel became hotly contested from time to time.

The name James, is apparently the English word for Jacob, and as such, bears the same meaning, "supplanter". Like his brother John, he is looked on in the various Gospel accounts as faithful, loyal, zealous, and in Luke 9:52-54, would have called down fire on Christ's detractors if Jesus Himself had not rebuked him first. Just like his brother, he'd misunderstood what Christ meant about His Kingdom and stood eagerly by his Mother as she requested that her two sons sit at His side when Christ entered His throne in Heaven. Yes, he most definitely was one of the "Sons of Thunder".

High Priestly Robes with the Breastplate in place
High Priestly Robes with the Breastplate in place

So what can we gather for the Bride of Christ?

Red stands for the Blood of Christ that washes away the deathly stain of sin from the human heart. White stands for the purity Christ displayed and that we can only afford through His sacrifice for our sins. The fleshly colour generally ascribed to the 12th stone points to Christ's body which was beaten, bruised, and whipped, about whom it is written in Isaiah 53: He was bruised for our iniquities, surely he bore our sorrows, and by His stripes we are healed. We sing a song with the same lyrics.

Jesus stands at the right hand of the Father interceding for His Bride according to the book of Hebrews, and one day the thunderous trumpet will sound and the Bride of Christ will rise to meet Him in the air.

This stone reminds us of the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the Cross, of our fleshly nature, and that it is only by His shed Blood that we can be cleansed of all unrighteousness and made clean and white before Him.

We have now covered ALL Twelve Stones in Aaron's Breastplate

Hebrew
Greek
Septuagint
King James
Breastplate Stone
Foundation Stone
Color
Tribe
Apostle
Odem
sardius/Carnelian
Sardius
Sardius
Ruby
Sard
Red
Reuben
Philip
Pitdah
Topaz
Topaz
Topaz
Topaz
Topaz
Tan
Simeon
Matthew
Bareketh
Emerald
Emerald
Carbuncle (Garnet)
Peridot
Chrysoprase
Yellow green (Golden)
Levi
Thaddaeus
Jophek
Anthrax
Anthrax(Garnet)
Emerald
Garnet
Jacinth
Reddish black
Judah
Simon
Sappir
Sapphire
Sapphire
Sapphire
Aqua-marine
Chalcedony
Light Blue
Issachar
Paul
Yahalom
Jasper
Jasper
Diamond
Fire Opal
Jasper
Orange
Zebulun
Peter
Leshem
Ligure
Ligure
Ligure
Sapphire
Lapis Lazuli
Royal Blue
Dan
Andrew
Shebo
Agate
Agate
Agate
Emerald
Emerald
Green
Gad
John
Ahlamah
Amethyst
Amethyst
Amethyst
Amethyst
Amethyst
Purple
Naphtali
Matthias
Tarshish
Chrysolite
Chrysolite
Beryl
Chrysoberyl
Chrysolite
Yellow
Assher
Bartholomew
Shoham
Beryl,Beryl
Beryl
Onyx
Diamond,
Beryl, Onyx
White
Joseph
Thomas
Yashpheh
Onyx
Onyx
Jasper
Pink Tourmaline
Sardonyx,Rose Quartz
Red/White stripes, or Pink
Benjamin
James

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© 2013 Marilynn Dawson

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