Do you love gemstones such as rubies, diamonds, and sapphires? Do you delight in the sparkle and depth of color, turning them in the light to catch their brilliance? Of course loose stones aren’t necessarily shown or carried to their best advantage; people usually have them mounted in a setting.
God often speaks of rewards to his people in terms of gems. He says “And your foundations I will lay in sapphires” and “I will make your battlements of rubies, and your gates of crystal” (Isaiah 54:11-12). He also has a setting in mind – one that will adequately support our stones.
Here is his promise: “Behold, I will set your stones in antimony” (Verse 11). I often read that scripture, but it didn’t mean too much to me because I didn’t know what antimony was. Finally I discovered it refers to the way metals are mixed and weighted for greater power and strength.
We wouldn’t place a beautiful diamond in a tin setting that might cave under the weight, and God wouldn’t place our gifts in a weak or unsubstantial mounting either. We could paraphrase Verse 11 by saying; “I will set your stones in a strong setting that has many elements combined to make it stronger and more secure.”
God is building a life for each one of us that is rock solid. He wants our gifts shown brilliantly and with splendor. He wants us to shine and sparkle as we are held up to the light. Our setting is durable and mighty, and it displays God’s faithfulness to us. Now THAT is antimony.