Friday, 27 May 2011

White Stones

Our Pastor (in training) offered us a lovely white stone as a prayer aid. She had written 'live' on it as we were learning about John 21. Peter chooses to live for Jesus, knowing that he will die for him too. The pastor mentioned also that white stones were mentioned in Revelation. So I had to look it up.
Revelation 2  17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.

I found lots of information and opinions on this and my white stone is now even more encouraging.
White stones were used as a kind of entrance ticket or given as a prize.

"In the ancient world a white stone was used as an admission ticket to public festivals..."
(Jewish New Testament Commentary, David Stern)

White stones were also used to denote acquittal in greek courts.
Special guests were given white stones with a message or name on for their eyes only. The  word for stone psephos can also mean vote or voice.

Found a lovely meditation on the white stone and what our new name could mean on http://sandraheskaking.com/2011/02/monday-meditation-the-white-stone/

My stone is just a white stone but it does remind me of the new life I have been given.

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