Altars of unhewn stones
There was another altar mentioned by God, but not with the terms “thou shalt”, but with the terms “if thou wilt make”. This altar was different and carried specific restrictions. It was not just earth but of stones.
- “And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.” Ex. 20:25-26
This altar was made of stone not hewn by the hands of men, not touched by tools of iron or power. You are also warned not to make the altar tiered where you go up to its higher places by steps or degrees. If you do so, you will reveal a nakedness or "lack of the covering or authority".
The Hebrew word rigmah [המגר] is translated into “council”, but actually means literally “a gathering of stones”. It is from the Hebrew word regem [םגר], which is translated “friend” and is the same as ragam [םגר], meaning “stone”. Both words have as a common origin [בגר] regeb, “a clod” (of earth)which appears in Job twice.
Hebrew letters have meanings which define the words. The Mem we see in ragam always has to do with something flowing or flowing from. While the letter Beit in regeb would have something to do with home. This all had to do with things clinging together like a group of homes or families.
Almost every free society in history was organized as a network where families came together in small groups but linked those groups together with trusted and adept individuals. They were hand chosen because they are trusted and adept in many areas. They also gathered in voluntary groups which allowed them to link all the groups of families in an ever-increasing network. If they did a good job the families supported the time they put in, if not they were not supported. This pattern called the tens
- “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5
"Living Stones", uncut or natural stones, individuals that have been hardened into stone by devoted service, practicing patience, overcoming pressure under fire, being charitable, forgiving, being wise, always laying down their life/time or breath to educate, strengthen, encourage and love others.
Cutting Stones with tools would be like regulating these stones. It would be like people making rules and regulations to control their minister servants.
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- Job 21:33 The clods <07263> of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.
- Job 38:38 "When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods <07263> cleave fast together?"