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The Origin of Jewelry
Did you know that regardless of what people might think, according to history, the first use of jewelry was not in association with idol worship, but rather, it served a functional purpose and later as personal adornment, much like today.
However, opposition to wearing jewelry among the Pentecostal/Apostolic ranks was based on the ideas that jewelry is pagan; always spoken of in an evil sense in scripture, being associated with pride, idol worship, and harlotry; or that God looked down at wearing jewelry. It was thought that jewelry always led into sin, so God indicated we should not wear it; therefore, it is forbidden according to the New Testament of the Bible.
Fortunately, that is not the case today. What we know today is that men and women alike wear jewelry for many reason. Wearing Jewelry is a right that we now have. Take advantage of it! It’s virtually a fact Women love Jewelry. Studies show that women wearing it feel not only beautiful, which we already know, but also feel more powerful than when not wearing it. Why not have it delivered right to your door just in time for the holidays this year?
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More on the History of Jewelry
Sometimes pagan jewelry bore religious symbolism in their motifs. As part of their culture, the Hebrew people wore and manufactured jewelry.
Talismanic or Amuletic Jewelry AND clothing was worn in worship of idols, but talismanic or amuletic jewelry was manufactured with idolatrous characteristics.So much Egyptian jewelery had a magical significance that it is impossible to distinguish the purely amuletic from the ornamental.
To protect themselves from hidden evil forces, such as scorpions, disease, poisonous snakes, and even floods or almost any natural disaster, illness, or tangible foe, Ancient Egyptians wore charms. In order to give an amulet (charm) its power, it had to be made and dedicated in strict accordance with the instructions written in the Book of the Dead. Only at that point, would a good god’s spirit live within and energize the amulet. This now-sacred object would have to be treated with respect in order for the god to continue bestowing his blessings upon the wearer.
Jewelry in Different Cultures
By the later stages of the New Kingdom, there is a marked increase in the use of amulets and figures of deities as decorative elements in jewelry. Probably the most ancient purpose of the finger-ring was simply to be decorative, as the finger-rings from the graves at Ur (c. 2500 BC) would seem to indicate.
The Phoenician style is characterized by the use of Egyptian motifs. The cornelian scarab shows Isis suckling Horus, with Osiride figures on either side and a winged disc above. This signet was probably worn as a necklace. The green glass scaraboid represents two-winged sphinxes on either side of a sacred tree. This ring could be worn on the finger, with the design against the skin to prevent it from becoming damaged.
The Hebrew language differentiates between “earrings” of an idolatrous character involved in the worship of idols. There are claims that Ishmaelites and Midianites were distinguished from Israelites by their use of earrings and other jewelry, but Israelite MEN did not wear earrings, whereas Ishmaelite MEN did.
Magic was practiced in Babylon and also by the Canaanites. Amulets and other objects common to the magical arts have been found in Palestinian excavations.
Even though the Pharaoh worshiped idols, Joseph did not regard the jewelry as “idolatrous” and therefore did not turn down the gifts of jewelry, which symbolized power and authority and went along with the vestitures of fine linen. Necklaces were worn by men of rank and rulers of foreign nations.
It is a common teaching among the Pentecostals that the jewelry was meant for later use in the Tabernacle and not for personal adornment, but God was not secretive in His instructions to Moses.
There is no indication that God had a hidden motive, but plainly the reason for the jewelry was that of adornment. Much of the gold that was given for the Tabernacle had been taken from the Egyptians. These articles supplied sufficient material for making the sacred utensils. But, this was in the form of a “freewill” offering and included much more than their gold. It was not because jewelry displeased God.Coming out of Egypt is sometimes regarded as a TYPE of forsaking the world and worldliness.
We are set free from the “bondage of sin” like as they were delivered out of Egyptian bondage. God did not command the removal of jewelry from the Israelites, but, rather, they PUT ON jewelry when they exited! If jewelry were “worldly” it could not form such a scriptural analogy.
The High Priest
The high priest stood at the very center of Old Testament worship. He not only wore gold, but his garment was decorated with various jewels.