If any great harm occurs, you are to take…an Eye for an Eye a tooth for a tooth.
– Exodus 21:23-24
An Eye for an Eye, a tooth for a tooth.
– Leviticus 24:20
Show no pity, take…an Eye for an Eye, a tooth for a tooth.
– Deuteronomy 19:21
If any great harm occurs, you are to take…an Eye for an Eye a tooth for a tooth.
– Exodus 21:23-24
They are as HIGH as the Heavens, what can you do?
DEEPER than the Sheol, what can you know?
– Job 11:8
Oh LORD, You have brought my soul UP from Sheol…
…so that I would not go DOWN to the Pit.
– Psalm 30:3
If I ASCEND to Heaven, You are there…
…If I make my bed DOWN in Sheol, behold You are there.
The path of life leads UPWARD for the wise…
…so that they may keep away from Sheol BELOW.
– Proverbs 15:24
Make it DEEP as Sheol…
…or HIGH as Heaven
– Isaiah 7:11
Though they dig DEEP into Sheol…My hand will take them.
Though they ASCEND into Heaven…I will bring them down.
The man who designed the original Eye of the Pyramid in 1782 as seen on the reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States (also seen on the back side of the one dollar bill) was NOT a Freemason, but a Christian (most probably a Protestant). How devout or traditional of a believer he actually was, we do not know, but it was definitely Christianity (and nothing else) that inspired the Eye theme, not Freemasonry. Here is why:
TITLE: Supper at Emmaus
ARTIST: Pontormo Carucci
During a frugal meal, served by the monks who commissioned the painting, two disciples recognize Christ after the Resurrection, (Luke: 24). The naturalistic details precede the genre scenes of 17th century painting. Following the Council of Trent (1545 -1563) the eye of God seen above replaced the three-faced head of the Trinity. It was painted for the guesthouse of the Carthusian monastery at Galluzzo. However, following the suppression of convents, the work was transferred to the Accademia in 1810 and later to the collection of the Uffizi Gallery in 1948.
– Supper at Emmaus, GoogleArtProject.com
The eye that looks out from the top of Jacopo Pontormo’s painting, “Cena in Emmaus” is, to say the least, mysterious. Art is indeed what the vision makes of it but someone still has to bring the meal on a plate.
The triangle could be read simply as a symbol of Trinity but the artist has done a rare thing, surpassing even the best intentions of a modern surrealist. While we are looking at the painting, the painting is also looking at us. If we connect this observation with the apparition of the Resurrected Christ before two of his disciples, the painting, by its composition, studies the nature of belief. It makes us rethink what Christ’s resurrection meant to the disciples and by extension to Christians themselves. The painting reveals that the resurrection was a powerful ‘visual’ event. The affirmation of the ‘truth’ is in what the eye sees. We may suddenly realise that not only can God see everything, but we too can see him through Jesus as an incarnation. Belief is a reciprocal event. He shows not only just his earthly presence but that Man is indeed made in his image.
God can now not only be ‘believed in’ but actually perceived using our senses.
– The Poetry of it All: Overcoming confusion by believing, HumanistArt.net
Honesty is the Cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.
– Mary Kay Ash
A Cornerstone Understanding of Scriptures
In their arrogance and pride the wicked say, ‘God will not seek it out’. All their thoughts are, ‘There is no God.’
– Psalm 10:4
101 Cornerstone Verses is a series of on-line Biblical quotes consisting of exactly one hundred and one verses taken from numerous ENglish-language translations of the Judeo/Christian Bible, including both the Old and the New Testament. More than 40 different Bibles were consulted in the process of obtaining, and sometimes editing, these particular Biblical verses. This series, 101 Cornerstone Verses, is meant to represent the best and the greatest, the most relevant and important, the most bizarre and profound sentences to ever be found in the English language. Indeed, they are the very Word of God. God bless and Shalom.
How long will you wander about, you back-sliding daughter? For the LORD has created a new thing upon the earth- a woman shall encircle a man.
– Jeremiah 31:22
101 Cornerstone Verses is a series of on-line Biblical quotes consisting of exactly one hundred and one verses taken from numerous English-language translations of the Judeo/Christian Bible, including both the Old and the New Testament. More than 40 different Bibles were consulted in the process of obtaining, and sometimes editing, these particular Biblical verses. This series, 101 Cornerstone Verses, is meant to represent the best and the greatest, the most relevant and important, the most bizarre and profound sentences to ever be found in the English language. Indeed, they are the very Word of God. God bless and Shalom.
A Letter from St. Paul to the Ephesians
Brief List of the Books of the Old Testament and their Word Meanings
GENESIS: Origin, beginning, creation
EXODUS: A mass departure
LEVITICUS: Related to the Levites
NUMBERS: same as ‘Numbers’ in English
DEUTERONOMY: Second Law
JOSHUA: God is salvation
JUDGES: same as ‘Judges’ in English
RUTH: Appearance, friendship
1 SAMUEL: Heard of God, His name is El, name of God
2 SAMUEL: Heard of God, His name is El, name of God
1 KINGS: same as ‘Kings’ in English
2 KINGS: same as ‘Kings’ in English
1 CHRONICLES: Historical record
2 CHRONICLES: Historical record
1 EZRA: Help
2 EZRA: Help
TOBIT: Good, my God
JUDITH: Jewess, praised
PSALMS: Sacred song, hymn
PROVERBS: Saying, adage, maxim
(SONG OF) SOLOMON: Peaceable
WISDOM: same as ‘Wisdom’ in English
ECCLESIASTES: Congregation, gathering
ISAIAH: God is salvation
JEREMIAH: The LORD (YHVH) casts forth, the LORD hurls
LAMENTATIONS: Expression of grief or sadness
EZEKIEL: God will strengthen
DANIEL: God is my judge
JOEL: The LORD (YHVH) is God
OBADIAH: Servant of God
MICAH: Who is like God?
ZEPHANIAH: Hid, or hidden, of the LORD
ZACHARIAH: Whom the LORD (YHVH) remembered
MALACHI: Angel, messenger
1 MACCABEES: Hammer
2 MACCABEES: Hammer
God bless and Shalom.
Rabbi Samuel b. Nahmani said in Rabbi Jonathan’s name:
‘I will give thanks unto Thee, for Thou hast answered me’ was said by David.
‘The stone which the builders rejected is become the chief corner-stone’ by Jesse…
‘This is the Lord’s doing’, by his brothers…
‘This is the day which the Lord hath made’ by Samuel…
– Babylonian Talmud, Mas. Pesachim 119a
101 Cornerstone Verses – After this I saw Four Angels standing at the Four Corners of the Earth, holding back the Four Winds of the Earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree.
– Revelation 7:1
FACEBOOK LINK–> The 14 Biblical References to the Cornerstone.
This degree actually has the candidate ritually removing Jesus Christ from the foundation of the Temple….The ceremony enacted out centres around a hidden vault that is found during rebuilding of Solomon’s Temple. The candidate is lowered down into this vault and told to remove the Cornerstone to allow more light into the vault. A Mason acting as Zerubbabel calls out to the candidate ‘Rise, wrench forth the keystone, and prepare to receive the light of the Holy Word’…The lecture includes the explanation “the secrets of the Royal Arch were only regained by wrenching forth the keystone thereof”
– The ‘Cornerstone’ Rejected, Christian-restoration.com
This One will be our peace. When the Assyrian invades our land, when he tramples on our citadels, then we will raise against him Seven Shepherds and Eight Princes of men.
– Micah 5:5
Ushpizin (Aramaic: “visitors”)- according to the Jewish Kabbalistic book the Sefer ha-zohar (“Book of Splendour”), Seven ancient worthies who take turns visiting the homes of all pious Jews to share their dinner on the festival of Sukkoth. A custom developed of reciting a fixed formula of invitation to the Seven: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, and David.
– Encyclopedia Britannica (2008), Britannica.com
In chronological order, the Seven Shepherds of Judaism are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, and David. However, these Shepherds also correspond to the Seven days of the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot (Festival of Tabernacles) and appear as spiritual guests in the following order: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David.
Why are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David called Shepherds? Some were indeed shepherds, and this was, at times, the primary reason they were chosen to lead
– The Seven Shepherds we invite to the sukkah are in fact none other than ourselves, Arthur Kurzweil (2009) Arthurkurzweil.com
The Seven Shepherds of Israel
During the holiday [of Sukkot], some Jews recite the ushpizin prayer which symbolises the welcoming of seven “exalted guests” into the sukkah. These ushpizin (Aramaic אושפיזין – ‘guests’), represent the seven shepherds of Israel: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David. According to tradition, each night a different guest enters the sukkah followed by the other six. Each of the ushpizin has a unique lesson which teaches the parallels of the spiritual focus of the day on which they visit.
– Sukkot, Wikipedia
The Seven Ushpizin of Sukkot
Day 1. Abraham
Day 2. Isaac
Day 3. Jacob
Day 4. Moses
Day 5. Aaron
Day 6. Joseph
Day 7. David
So we come to the ushpizin. As we fill our sukkah with earthly guests, we merit to host seven supernal guests, the seven “founding fathers” of the Jewish people: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David. While all seven ushpizin visit our sukkah on each of the seven nights and days of Sukkot, each supernal “guest” is specifically associated with one of the festival’s seven days, and is the “leading” or dominant ushpiza for that night and day.
– The Ushpizin, by Yanki Tauber, Chabad.org
Interestingly enough, the Babylonian Talmud has a very different list of Seven Shepherds than that used today by all denominations of Judaism. Indeed, David, Adam, Abraham, Jacob and Moses are included, but two others are different as they exclude Isaac and Joseph from the list:
Who are these Seven Shepherds? David in the middle, Adam, Seth, and Methuselah on his right, and Abraham, Jacob, and Moses on his left. And who are the Eight Princes? Jesse, Saul, Samuel, Amos, Zephaniah, Zedekiah, Messiah, and Elijah.
– The Talmud, Sukkah 52b
All authoritatively accepted translations of the Bible translate the number of the beast in Revelation 13:18 as being the number 666…Some scholars claim that the earliest known copies of the text use the Greek symbol for 10 instead of 60 and that the number should be 616. This is refuted by the writings of the second century Christian named Irenaeus, who knew the Apostle John and clarified that the number for 666 was what the Apostle John had written down. Either way, the numbers point to Pope Benedict XVI as the Antichrist. The Roman number in the written name Benedict XVI is DCXVI which is 616, but the Italian spoken name Benedict IL XVI contains the number DCLXVI which is 666. It is apparent that the Bible wanted us to know that Benedict XVI is the one being spoken of.
Visions such as those of Ezekiel and John, describe figures with the heads of a man, lion, ox, and eagle, which just happen to match the four “Cornerstone” constellations (Ezekiel 1:10, Revelation 4:7). It is precisely these four key figures which are the most easily matched with the four principal sons of Israel because each is mentioned in the blessings. Reuben is compared to a man and to water, Judah is compared to a lion, Dan to a serpent (counterpart of the eagle), and Joseph’s two sons to the horns of the wild ox. Those link to the constellations of the Water Bearer, the Lion, the Scorpion, and the Bull, respectively (Genesis 49: 4, 9, 17; Deuteronomy 33:17). Those four sons are each also assigned to four directions (Numbers 2:3, 10, 18, 25), and those four constellations are evenly spaced around the circle, as are the four points of a compass.
– Twelve Sons, Twelve Constellations, by John P. Pratt, Meridian Magazine
The Four Living Creatures of the Bible and the Four ‘Cornerstone’ Constellations of the Zodiac