Adamant (Paperback)Lisa Bevere
By ancient definition, the adamant was known as both a diamond and a mythical stone of indestructible wonder. In more modern terminology, it describes a posture of unshakeable resolve and determination. If there was ever a time for us to be adamant about love and truth it is now. God is Love. God is Truth. Both love and truth are timeless, transcending our current trends and opinions. Sometimes the most loving thing we will ever do is to speak the truth, but speaking truth begins with living it.
Using the mediums of Scripture and story, New York Times bestselling author Lisa Bevere takes readers on a journey into the Mountain of God, to the one place they can learn not only to abide in God's unshakeable truth and love, but become adamant--people who are unmovable, determined, and steadfast. With conviction and passion, Lisa unpacks the concept of the adamant for readers, linking together the grand story of Scripture and God's purpose in their lives. Readers will see that God's plan is revealed as we dwell in him, it is there that we are forged and shaped. As we abide in Christ our Cornerstone we are shaped into the image of the adamant. Lisa Bevere's authentic and passionate style weaves profound biblical truths with practical application. A New York Times bestselling author, her books, including Without Rival, Lioness Arising, and Girls with Swords, are in the hands of millions worldwide. Lisa and her husband, John Bevere, cofounded Messenger International, an organization committed to developing uncompromising followers of Christ who transform their world. When not traveling the globe, you'll find Lisa in Colorado with her four sons, daughter-in-love, and grandchildren.
Size140 x 216 mm
Number of Pages240 pp
Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and the quarry from which you were dug. Isaiah 51:1
For more than a year, I have pondered this verse and found myself captivated by the concept of this rock, this stone, this . . . adamant.
We know the word to mean immovable, impervious, and unyielding in opinion or position. And as such, the word adamant has gained a reputation for more than its fair share of stubbornness. 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 and in so many ways as a dream.
The concept of adamant has a rather ancient and mythical history. Adamant was first known as a stone. Correction: as an unknown stone. It represented an elusive mineral whose existence was hypothesized in ancient Greece. It was there that mathematicians, philosophers, and mystics first imagined the existence of a rock like none other, a stone woven so tightly that it would be simultaneously impenetrable and unbreakable. Void of fractures or fragments, it would be hard beyond measure and yet . . . irresistible.
This stone would have the unique ability to attract and repel objects. It would draw but not be drawn, be magnetic yet immovable. The stone would have a unique relationship with light. It would be capable of gathering rays, focusing them, and redirecting their radiance. Fire would not be able to penetrate its shell, and once drawn from the flames, the rock would be cool to the touch.
These are but a few of the traits theorized about this adamant ore. The troublesome part was the matter of discovering it. Would it be found in the dark heart of the earth? Were these stones born of fire and released from the belly of a volcano? Or were these stones of wonder hidden in the depths of the sea? Would the gods award them as a gift of merit?
The Greeks named the obscure stone adamas, which is best translated “invincible.” And even though there was not a shred of proof that adamas existed, they dreamed of ways this invincible stone could be put to use.
Weapons would be forged out of this mineral. Adamas would birth swords, axes, and knives that would not break in battle and shields that would not yield. The slenderest arrowhead fashioned of adamas would penetrate the most formidable target with ease. What of armor? Warriors cloaked in the impenetrable armor of adamas would be rendered invincible. Darkness would not stop them, for the rays captured by adamas would blind their enemies even as the stone lit their way to victory.
The belief in this rock was so compelling that the theory of its existence spread northward through Europe until it reached the shores of Great Britain. It was there that the Greek word adamas became the word we know, adamant. And there the word waited to be revealed.
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. Every rock born of inferior fire fragmented under the force of the diamond adamant. These gems were born in wombs of such intense fire and pressure that all lesser components were consumed and what remained was a singular element: carbon, bound in the crystalline form of a diamond.
For centuries, the words adamant and diamond were used interchangeably to describe all that was invincible, immovable, and indestructible. Both the prince of preachers, Charles Spurgeon, and Puritan legend John Bunyan echoed the words of the prophet Zechariah when he bemoaned the condition of adamant hearts impervious to the Word of God and harder than flint:
Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts. (Zech. 7:12 KJV)
More contemporary translations of this passage replaced the word adamant with the word diamond:
They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the Lord of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the Lord of hosts.
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. The word remained as a descriptive of what was never a reality. But men dreamed. The revered Arkenstone found in the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien seems a nod to the mythical origin of the adamant. For more than two millennia, people searched for and failed to find the adamant.
And yet I wonder . . .
What was the origin of this quest? 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? Or is this stone among us and unrecognized? Perhaps the adamant was never meant to be an implement of war and destruction but one of refuge and provision. Shouldn’t the stone we seek welcome all? 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?