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Thursday, July 5th, '18

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GOLD, GOOD

"And the gold of that land is good..." (Genesis 2:12)

 

Where did the Bible ever hint that gold is a bad thing? Greed is bad but gold isn't. The Creator looked at His handiwork and smiled commenting, "...and lo, it was very good" (Genesis 1:31). He used that word "good" (Hebrew - towb) seven times in the Creation chapter then the same word in our text in the next chapter. In both chapters "good" is good! Money is not the root of all evil, the love of money is. As the demon in alcohol is drunkenness and the demon in sex is lust, so the demon in gold is greediness. Gold by it itself is a beautiful treasure, a blessing God placed into creation for Adam to find and mine. The river Pishon "skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold" (Genesis 2:11). The law of first mention sets the course for interpreting the rest of the Bible. If the gold in the Garden was good and the streets of gold in heaven are good then all the gold in between those bookends is good as well. The tabernacle was paneled with gold. The Mercy Seat and Lampstand were pure gold. And hidden within the golden Ark was golden manna. The prophet Haggai said "the gold is mine, says the Lord of hosts" while talking about the Glory (Haggai 2:8). The gold and the glory seem to go hand in hand. Of course, that is providing that we don't make gold our god. Aaron's golden calf was an affront to the glory.

 

America's financial house has been shaky ever since we went off the gold standard. James said "your gold is cankered" and Peter claimed, "Silver and gold have I none", but neither verse condemns mining the Bible for hid treasure. The problem is not in the mining, but in the "mine"-ing, the fleshly tendency to grip and grab and gorge and gouge. Abram was "very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold" (Genesis 12:3). The blessing of Abraham to at least some degree promises equal prosperity. It's a false piety that says, "Oh God, I could never live in a big house or drive an SUV. Just having You is all I need". Well, what if He wants to give you those things? There is no more piety in wearing gunny-sack garments than silk. One guy claims that if he had a gold-Rolex he would give it away to world missions. Baloney! He has a stainless steel Timex but doesn't give that away. The problem isn't gold, it is greed, and a person can be as greedy over Timex as Rolex.

 

Adam was placed in the Garden to "dress it and keep it" (Genesis 2:15). The passage about good gold being deposited in Havilah was inserted right before that verse. God was dropping a hint. "Hey, Adam, psst, there is gold in Havilah. Thought you might want to know". Whether panning for the literal metal or digging for golden nuggets of truth from the Word, it is obvious that the Lord wants us to move to higher levels of glory. In discussing the Tabernacle construction, Moses suggests, "And this is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, and bronze" (Exodus 25:3). Notice, he starts with the greater value, gold, and works down to the lesser, bronze (copper). The premier metal then is gold. God is glorified when we offer the best of the best. "Give, and it shall be given". It, what? Gold? That's a simple deduction. Two copper "mites" was fine for the woman who had only mites to give, but to move from mites to millions there has to be a commensurate shift in sowing. Paul dissuaded the women from wearing "braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing" (1 Timothy 2:9 NKJV), because gold represents our savings, not our expenditures. Divine blessings aren't given as a status symbol. They are given to provide seed for the sower and a means of amassing savings as a "foundation for the time to come" (1 Timothy 6:19). Simply put, God owns "the cattle on a thousand hills", but He also owns the gold in those hills, and He has given you a hill to work on and manage. Don't be so lazy or foolish as to not grab your pick and shovel and dig.


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