This week, we have a very special guest: Lisa Bevere! We hope that you enjoy this short excerpt from her newest book, Adamant.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and the quarry from which you were dug.
– Isaiah 51:1 | ESV
For more than a year, I have pondered this verse and found myself captivated by the concept of this rock, this stone, this . . . adamant.
The word adamant has gained a reputation for meaning stubborn in opinion or position. But the adjectives and the adverbs we commonly associate with the term adamant are not the original meaning of the word.
Adamant began as a noun—an elusive stone whose existence was hypothesized in ancient Greece. It was there that mathematicians and philosophers first imagined the existence of a rock like none other, a stone woven so tightly that it would be simultaneously impenetrable and unbreakable. Yet . . . irresistible.
With the discovery of diamonds around 400 BC in India, it was thought that man had finally found the long-sought adamant. No other stone’s strength compared with that of the diamond. For centuries, the words adamant and diamond were used interchangeably.
It wasn’t until the late 1700s that French scientist Antoine Lavoisier discovered that, given enough heat and oxygen, diamonds would actually evaporate. With this revelation, the words diamond and adamant were disassociated, and the search for the indestructible, immovable, invincible adamant faded.
And yet I wonder . . . Was this concept of the adamant a seed of inspiration planted by God? Why dream of what no one had yet seen, and why refer to the unknown?
Could the purpose of the adamant be to mine what is hidden within us? In a world where truth slips and slides according to the latest popular trend and current culture, wouldn’t it be nice to have something that was constant?
When truth becomes fluid, we lose contact with answers larger than ourselves.
Real truth is a rock. Adamant. Indivisible. Immovable. Invincible.
Jesus is truth. And I propose that Jesus is the Adamant.
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