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Colours in the Bible

.....and their meaning...

   Amber

 

 

Amber is a hard golden coloured translucent fossil resin. In the Old Testament this colour is found on one occasion in the book of Ezekiel.

The Hebrew word 'chashmal' used three times in Ezekiel means a shining substance or amber. However we need to be clear that the reference is to the colour, not the resin amber. It probably refers to a metal of that colour.

The colour amber is only found in the KJV and NKJV translations of Ezekiel and is used in connection with Ezekiel's vision of the glory and majesty of God.  The colour speaks of the brightness of His presence:

"From the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the colour of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around." Ezekiel 1:17 (See also Ezekiel 1:4; 1:27-28; 8:2 (KJV, NKJV)

The NIV translates 'chashmal' as 'glowing metal'.
The RSV translates 'chashmal' as 'gleaming bronze'.
The NRSV translates 'chashmal' as gleaming amber'.

However in all cases the colour represented is much the same, a fiery golden colour.

Related Symbols: Christ the Glory of God

In scripture we see a connection with Christ reflecting the Light of the glory of God.   "For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" 2Cor 4:6
  "The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light." Rev 21:23
    See also: Exod 24:17; 40:38; 2Kings 2:1; 6:17; Psa 29:7; Isa 4:5

Related Symbols: Fire

Fire can symbolise the presence of God

  "The Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Exod 3:2
"For our God is a consuming fire." Heb 12:29

Fire is also a symbol of God's judgment

  "Then the LORD rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the LORD out of the heavens." Gen 19:24
 
  "For behold, the LORD will come with fire And with His chariots, like a whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, And His rebuke with flames of fire." Isa 66:15

 

 

See also: 2 Thess 1:7-8; Psa 11:6; 68:3; Isa 9:19; 2Pet 3:7; Rev 21:8

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