Gold ‘n’ Biblical Thoughts

How God sees Silver and Gold? Let us examine in biblical perspective.

Gold & Silver are very precious metals and stands for purity. Besides this Bible says, they are perishable, do not last for long.

In the Bible, Wisdom is compared to Gold and Silver. As Gold and Silver are precious and pure, the purity is taken as a standard and compared to the word of God. Purity of Gold and Silver are also equated with the ‘genuineness of Christian faith’.

The Wealth that is found in Wisdom

The Bible says, the parameter to measure the wealth of a person is Wisdom, it is not how much gold a person possess. The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. (Psalm 119:72)

Take my instruction instead of silver and knowledge rather than choice gold for wisdom is better than jewels and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. (Proverbs 8:10)

Paul says,

I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel (Acts 20:33)

 “Covet” means “to desire or long for”. Paul desires and longs to gain Christ more than anything else. He counted everything (includes Gold & Silver) as loss and rubbish.

 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ (Philippians 3:8).

Things that can not satisfy

Do you know how much Gold and Silver does Solomon possess? Read Solomon’s great wealth in 1 Kings 10:14-27. It was this man, who said,

He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 5:10)

Silver and gold do not satisfy the Human heart. How much silver and gold will a man be able to carry away with him after death?

As he came from his mother’s womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand. (Ecclesiastes 5:15)

Therefore, I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold. (Psalm 119:127)

“Fine gold” refers to refined gold or pure gold. To purify gold and silver, the metals are melted by fire in a furnace, and then the impurities (called dross) are removed from the surface of the molten metal. God’s Word is perfectly pure and is compared to highly refined silver.

The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. (Psalm 12:6)

God often puts the believer into the furnace of testing and trials so that we might be purified.  When it comes to testing, trails and sufferings we should remember Job.

Job is superlatively righteous and a man of personal integrity: “That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil” (Job 1:1). As a result he is blessed by God with all good things that would give him a happy and meaningful life. A faithful wife, many obedient children, true friends, number of relatives, riches in plenty(cattle, property, slaves), honour in society and good health.

Job was tested. But he did not know it. This made his suffering all the more and intense. All of a sudden Job’s world began to crumble and a series of calamities rained down upon him in a single day. He was reduced to utter poverty. He was deprived of his children. He became a man without future and his name was destined to blotted out from the face of the earth. Moreover he was stricken by a deadly and humiliating disease and he endured unbearable physical pain (Job 2:7-8).

Physical death was already at work in his flesh. Now social death is added. His sympathetic and supportive wife distances herself from him (Job 2:9-10). All his relatives and acquaintances desert him. The catastrophe is total. Everything worthwhile in life has been taken away from him. The most blessed on earth has now become the accursed of all.

Having been deprived of all but his bare existence, Job immediately went into mourning according to the customs of his time (Job 1:20-21). However it was not just an expression of grief, but an act of surrender and submission to God. He did not curse God as Satan had predicted (Job 1:11; 2:5), or as his wife had suggested (Job 2:9). Instead he blessed him as he saw only God’s hand in all the events.

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord had taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).

Right in the midst of great adversity he remained unbroken, persisted in his integrity. Therefore he was lifted up from the ash heap and restored to full health. The isolated one returned to his house. He was visited by his relatives and friends. His cattle and possessions were doubled and his children were given back. This complete restoration is a way of saying that Job was twice dear to God from then on. From the pit of shame and disgrace he is back on the pinnacle of immortal glory. Job represents all suffering people. See his genuineness of faith, He says:

But He knows the way that I take when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold (Job 23:10).

If I have made gold my trust or called fine gold my confidence… this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges, for I would have been false to God above. (Job 31:24&28).

Gold is not as beautiful as it is if it did not go through fire. Though Job undergone fiery trail, he surrendered and submitted to God. He trusted God alone. He did not trust Gold or fine Gold and out of his sufferings he came out as fine gold.

so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:7)

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. (1 Peter 4:12)

There is a very strict and serious warning in the last days

Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days (James 5:3).

“’They will throw their silver into the streets, And their gold will be like refuse; Their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them In the day of the wrath of the LORD; They will not satisfy their souls, Nor fill their stomachs, Because it became their stumbling block of iniquity” ( Ezekiel 7:19).

In the first part of the verse we see the value of silver and gold becoming worthless. The most important meaning of this verse is that the gold and silver will not save us in the “day of the wrath of the Lord”— the end time. For many Christians today it has become a “stumbling block of iniquity.”

The Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord will come upon the people of this earth because of their failure to put God and His ways first in their lives. This is further confirmed in Zephaniah 1:18, “Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’s wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy, for He will make speedy riddance of all those who dwell in the land.” Because people have committed idolatry and moved God down the priority list, God will have to take drastic measures to show them the error of their ways.

knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,  but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot (1 Peter 1:18).

He will render to each one according to his works. (Romans 2:6) to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.  If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).

The Judgment Seat of Christ does not determine whether a person goes to heaven or hell. This judgment has nothing to do with the lake of fire which is the place of eternal punishment for all who reject Jesus Christ and refuse to believe Him ( Revelation 20:14-15 and 21:8). The judgment described in 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 is for believers only.  A person’s final destination is determined in this life according to whether a person receives Christ as Saviour (John 1:12) or rejects Him (John 12:48). The Judgment Seat of Christ is a judgment of the believer’s works. The believer may suffer loss of rewards but he will not suffer loss of salvation.

More to be desired are they (precepts of the Lord) than gold, even much fine gold …in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:10-11)

Beloved, it is written in Revelation 21:21, the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. The city is referred to Heaven. It means the streets of the Heaven are pure gold. So the pure gold will be under your feet in the Heaven. It is also written, But nothing unclean will ever enter it, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 21:21). One must be righteous to enter Heaven. The city will be of indescribable beauty in its total aspect (I Corinthians 2:9).

Now think how foolish it is to put our confidence in such perishable things. No matter what we have or how much of it we have, physical things cannot insure our deliverance in the end time or eternally (Matthew 16:26). Rather, we are to put God and His Way first and that will be the only thing that can save us ultimately (Proverbs 11:4).

                                                                                                                            Clement Zakkam

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