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Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also, they saw God, and did eat and drink. "

Exodus 24:9:11

This was a special moment when Israel’s leaders would have a personal encounter with God Himself. These men needed to be prepared. They understood His nature and realized that He is holy, and He could not be approached as a regular person.

In this special moment, “a pavement of sapphire” played a critical role. This was a unique material with characteristics important to God and His interaction with men and women.

This material was “clear as the sky itself.” The presence of sapphire enabled these men to see God with clarity, so there could be no question of what they saw. This sapphire demonstrated that He wanted them to know Him and understand His nature. They were to realize that they could have a personal relationship with Him. But they had to approach Him the right way.

Sapphire was used in similar ways elsewhere in the Bible. It was used to describe the throne of God (E