The color and brilliance of these emeralds take my breath away! This gemstone is a variety of the mineral beryl. But what classifies it as an emerald is its deep bluish to pure green color saturation. And the more it is transparent the more it is valuable with its shine. The small fissures in the stone are called the stone’s “jardin” (garden). Some are treated with oil to fill in these natural fissures. Although the emerald has been mined for centuries, today one can buy synthetic emeralds. But somehow it is not the same.
The shine of an emerald is the image John uses in today’s verse to describe a rainbow that encircles God’s throne. Its brilliance will be awe-inspiring and fitting for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But He Himself will have an appearance just as brilliant as the stunning ruby and the crystal-like jasper. These precious stones, as beautiful as they are, do not come close to describing God’s magnificence. His glory would be blinding if not for our new bodies with its new eyes. We will be filled with the wonder of His beauty as we fall to our knees in worship and praise.
I need to be reminded of God’s incredible beauty and glory. Too often I over-simplify God in an attempt to understand Him. I can only know His reflection for now, but one day we will be face to face (I Cor. 13:12). Then I will know Him fully, as fully as He knows me! What a day that will be! No more flawed impressions, wrong ideas, or ambiguity.
Lord, give me another glimpse of Your glory today.