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    The teacher opened on of the drawers in his desk and took out what appeared to be a precious stone of deep blue.  He placed it in my hand.

    “Its a biblical sapphire.”

    “It’s very nice,” I replied, not knowing what else to say.

    “I didn’t give it to you because of its appearance, but because of what it signifies…because of its origin.”

    “Its origin?”

    “The origin of its name,” he said.


    “Yes,” said the teacher.  “Sapphire comes from a French word, which comes from a Latin word, which comes from a Greek word…which comes from an ancient biblical Hebrew word…sappir.”

    “So sapphire comes from biblical Hebrew,” I said.  “What’s the significance of the name?”

    “The Hebrew word for sapphire comes from the Hebrew root saphar.  Ad saphar means to speak, to tell, or to declare.”

    “So the word sapphire ultimately means to speak?  What’s the connection?”

    “The connection is this,” said the teacher.  “More precious than any treasured jewel is the Word.  Every Word of God is a sapphire, a spoken sapphire, and yet much more precious.  If one has no treasures in this world, but has the Word of God, then one is rich.  Every Word of God is a treasure of priceless value.  So when you read or hear a word from God, receive it as if you were receiving a priceless jewel.  And give it the same way.”


    “Your words are to be as sapphires.  You don’t need to possess precious jewels-you just have to speak them.  Every time you open your mouth to speak, let what comes out be a sapphire, a gift to be given to those who need to receive a precious jewel.  Give jewels to those in need, jewels of blessing, jewels of encouragement, jewels of strength, jewels of mercy, jewels of love, jewels of forgiveness, jewels of joy, and jewels of hope.  Let your every word bring life to those who hear it…an audible jewel…a spoken sapphire.”

    The Mission:  Today, make every word that comes out of your mouth a precious jewel, a gift of life, the spoken sapphire.

    Ephesians 4:29; 5:19; Colossians 4:6; 1 Peter 4:11

    Cahn, Jonathan. “The Audible Sapphire.” The Book of Mysteries. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2016. Day 106. Print.
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    "Baruch haba ba'Shem Adonai !"
    "Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the LORD !"

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