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Sunday, November 2 2014
Job 23: The Gold Of Paradise
"He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold"
Gold has been recognized as a precious metal since the time of Creation. The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) referred to gold at the time of the Garden of Eden (see The Garden In Eden).
"2:10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. 2:11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 2:12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. 2:13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. 2:14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." (Genesis 2:10-15 KJV)
Righteous Abram (see the study series beginning with A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram), who the LORD later renamed as Abraham, "was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold."
"13:2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. 13:3 And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai; 13:4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD." (Genesis 13:2-4 KJV)
The Israelites had been reduced to slavery at the end of their four centuries in Egypt (see How Long Were They Slaves?), but when they left at the time of the Exodus (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Exodus), by the command of the LORD they were paid what they were owed for their labor and loss of property with "jewels of silver, and jewels of gold." Much of it was later used to build the Tabernacle.
"3:20 And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go. 3:21 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty: 3:22 But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians." (Exodus 3:20-22 KJV)
The gold was to be used as a means of storing wealth. Gold (or anything else) was not to be made into a "god," by any means - as the Israelites foolishly did at the very same time that the LORD was commanding them not to do it (see The Mount Sinai Riot and Why Did Moses Pitch A Tabernacle Outside The Camp?).
"20:23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold." (Exodus 20:23 KJV)
When the Messiah was born, "wise men" came with gifts of "gold, and frankincense, and myrrh" (see Why Did The Magi Come?). The valuable gifts provided a means of living until the family was able to return home to Nazareth (see Joseph Of Nazareth and What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?; also The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth).
"2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 2:12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
The Messiah later warned not to make a religion out of what was created to merely represent a vastly greater fulfillment in due time (see A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions and Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?).
"23:16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! 23:17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? 23:18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. 23:19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?" (Matthew 23:16-19 KJV)
The reality of being "refined as gold" was further explained after the Messiah had been Sacrificed and delivered the Atonement to God (see Day of Atonement: The Messiah's Deliverance).
"9:1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 9:2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 9:5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
The refinement of gold was used as an analogy for living a life of striving for what is truly valuable (see also Where Are The Seven Churches Of Revelation Today?).
"3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." (Revelation 3:17-20 KJV)
Much of the LORD's wrath at the time of His return will be directed to break the idolatry of Satan's carnal-inspired world (see What Happens After The Messiah Returns?).
"9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:" (Revelation 9:20 KJV)
The only true Biblical reference to the famous "pearly gates" describes them on Earth, after the return of the Messiah, in the New Jerusalem where "the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold" (see the Fact Finder question below).
"21:18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. 21:19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 21:20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it." (Revelation 21:18-22 KJV)
Righteous Job was very-well aware of the history and future of "gold" - "He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold" (see Job's Prophecy Of The Resurrection).
"23:1 Then Job answered and said,
Fact Finder: When will the Church of God become the Kingdom of God?
This Day In History, November 2
1164: Thomas Beckett, the Archbishop of Canterbury, began a 6-year self-imposed exile in France. Once a close friend of King Henry II, he found himself in difficulty after he became an outspoken opponent of the king's policies.
1570: Nearly a thousand people were killed when a tidal wave struck the coast of Holland.
1721: Peter I was proclaimed Czar ("Czar" is the Russian version of "Caesar") of all Russians.
1785: The first lifeboat was patented by London coachbuilder Lionel Lukin.
1789: During the French Revolution, all property of the church was taken over by the state.
1841: Following the British occupation of Kabul, Afghans revolted and killed Sir Alexander Burnes and 23 others, starting the Second Afghan War.
1899: The Boers (white natives of Cape Province, the Afrikaans-speaking descendants of Dutch settlers; Afrikaans is closely related to Dutch and Flemish) began their 118 day siege of British held Ladysmith during the Second Boer War.
1914: Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire.
1917: During the First World War, British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour, prompted by "Zionist" emigres Chaim Weizmann and Nahum Sokolow, wrote a letter to the 2nd Baron Rothschild, head of the British branch of the Jewish banking family, which contained the "Balfour Declaration" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration). The declaration, pledging British aid for efforts to establish a Jewish homeland in "Palestine," was a key event in the creation of the modern state of "Israel" (which is actually Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah). The modern state of Israel was proclaimed just over 30 years later, in 1948.
1930: Haile Selassie was crowned emperor of Ethiopia.
1936: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) was established.
1940: During the Second World War that was started by Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion), the Luftwaffe bombed London for the 57th consecutive night of the "Blitz."
1964: King Saud of Saudi Arabia was deposed and replaced by Prince Fail.
1965: Norman Morrison, a 31-year-old Quaker, set himself on fire in front of the Pentagon to protest the use of napalm in the Vietnam War.
1967: During the Vietnam War, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and his advisors decided that the U.S. people should be given more "optimistic reports" on the progress of the war.
1984: Velma Barfield was executed in Raleigh, North Carolina after being convicted of six murders. She became the first woman executed in the U.S. since 1962, as well as the first woman to be executed by lethal injection.
1995: The Argentine Supreme Court ordered the extradition to Italy of former SS captain Erich Priebke to face trial for a World War Two massacre of prisoners in the Ardeatine Caves.