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Biblical Gold

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Oddly, although gold is the first mentioned metal and is in plain sight throughout scripture it is seldom recognized (except as worn jewelry) nor discussed during church services as if it harbored leprosy.

 

While reading the scriptures I find it really hard to overlook the distinct parallels of YHVH and gold, because, I’m constantly being lead to suspect that gold is not a happen-chance occurrence, but a very important aspect of YHVH’s creation.

 

Although gold is rare it can be found if dutifully sought, but is amazingly difficult to hold on to, which is reminiscent of staying the course and keeping the faith. Adding to the mysterious allure of this spectacular metal – is it merely coincidental that gold will capture any eye even if the beholder claims to despise it? In addition – gold, besides being the only colored metal that does not tarnish is almost always concentrated near value, trust, faith and wisdom, but easily separated from knowledge and understanding.

 

Scripture deals with gold in many subtle ways like utilizing the following words: Artificers (goldsmith's), blessing, bracelets, casting, clothing, crowns, dowry, drinking vessels, earrings, engraving, hammering, idols, jewelry, kings, offering, overlay, pharaoh, pots, power, prized possession, pure, refined, riches, spoils, status, taxes, treasure, tribute, wires, and writing. Although each of the aforementioned words speaks volumes as to how gold influenced daily biblical life it would seem prudent for today’s prospector to microscopically examine all possible motives before staking a claim in the wilderness of gold’s domain.

 

 


1 Kings 9:28   And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon.

 

Prior to gold being fetched it would first have to be found. So, whether or not King Solomon was told of this marvelous deposit it’s likely that prospecting was initiated to locate it. In addition I find it intriguing that someone would inform King Solomon of this anomaly, unless, of course monumental heaps of gold were everywhere. More likely as not, King Solomon wisely granted a special favor to a captured slave/warrior for this previously guarded secret location. Scripture does not elaborate as to whether any fighting took place to claim ownership of this stupendous deposit, but based upon man’s constant wants it seems to have been a likely event. On the other-hand, perhaps YHVH made this special place known to King Solomon and thus no blood was spilled as is so often the case.

 

Because ships were used to transport the large quantities of gold back to King Solomon, it goes without saying that an army was likely dispatched to protect the mine, miners and the precious cargo. Furthermore, it’s a well known fact that mines normally require constant maintenance due to a breathing and moving ground. So, were watchmen and miners left on site to constantly mine, mill and smelt so that King Solomon could make regular rendezvous for more of this glistening metal?

 

Ophir was undoubtedly a huge mine that held vast quantities of gold, but just exactly where Ophir was and is remains a tantalizing mystery. It is suggested that Ophir is somewhere in Africa, the fabled Atlantis or the America’s. Regardless, of what hypothesis is correct I suspect that the mountainous terrain of present day Arabia hosted this infamous mine. This idea may sound naïve till a little research is conducted as to what was essential and prized to the inhabitants of this region, which was and still is the Arabian horse. Occasionally, one of the best of the best of these desert stallions would be named Ophir and no amount of gold could purchase such a glorious stead.

 

 

Job 28:1   Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.

    

This verse indicates a place, not a vein where gold resides. Therefore the prospector of that day had to understand this difference prior to locating gold. So, what kind of signs did the prospector look for? Was this specific gold in rivers and thus placered? Maybe this particular gold was a whole mountain or ledge jutting out of a hillside? Regardless, I’d like to know where and how this specific knowledge originated, as well as – why did such an important mining operation become forgotten? Is it possible that how to find this gold and the location of Ophir was purposely withdrawn from man’s memory and if so – why?

 

 

2 Chronicles 4:21   And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that perfect gold;
    

Notice there are two types of gold. I realize that perfect could be construed to be meant as pure, but I doubt it, because it would be more expeditious to use “pure” instead of the word perfect. If scripture is the Truth then the use of perfect screams loud and clear, although few seem to hear that this particular type of gold is at a minimum similar to, part of, next to or is an expression of YHVH. Conversely, if nothing is perfect except YHVH, and this verse is not mistranslated, then what choice do I have other than to believe that this specific gold did more than simply reflect the totality of YHVH?


 
2 Chronicles 9:14   Beside that which chapmen and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.
  

Besides the long distance traveling and respectful trading this verse implies that the Arabs had good mines or that they knew where this precious metal could be obtained.

 

 

 

Ezra 8:33   Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the vessels weighed in the house of our God by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest;

 

It’s easy to say that instruments of long ago were crude by today’s standards, but how can this kind of judgment be utilized without actually knowing exactly what was employed in those days? Heck, we might be surprised to discover that their tools worked just as good or better than what we employ today.

 

What kind of instruments were utilized that could have precisely weighed the differences between gold and silver, not only during this period of time but when gold was first written about in scripture? Obviously, the ability to accurately measure and weigh indicates a technological knowledge that I never hear these ancient people given credit for. Plus, to assume these ancient people were ignorant flies in the face of scripture, because these people were closer to YHVH than most of are today.

Psalms 45:9   Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.
Psalms 45:13   The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.

   

Is it not remarkable that these people not only had the talent, but the knowledge to make complete clothing of gold that would not look disheveled and become a nightmare to wear?


 
Proverbs 17:3   The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

  

To my knowledge all the metals of that day required a furnace for smelting and refining, but this verse implies a special furnace for gold. Because biblical silver used an earthen furnace for refining I wonder what type of material was utilized to construct a furnace specifically for gold?

 

A peculiar reality is that gold is never found 100% pure, nor has man been able to refine it to 100% purity. Thus, perhaps, gold represents man’s relationship with YHVH, where man seeks perfection but cannot achieve till he is tried and found not wanting in His special furnace?

 

 

Ecclesiastes 12:6   Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

Fortunately, this verse provides another clue as to why gold is so important, yet seems to largely be overlooked that the human body is a unique golden vessel. Speculating upon or prospecting this unseen terrain I presume that if the golden bowl is broken that the name is erased from the book of life?

 

 

Isaiah 2:7   Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots:

 

Where is this land and why are not remnants of this mining activity still evident? Is it possible that the miner’s disposed of all tailings down the shafts and tunnels or spread over adjacent areas, which would cause confusion to later seeker’s of metallic wealth?

 

On a similar stratum to the above – it’s often heard that the Spanish Conquistadores used the American desert Southwest Indians as slaves and these Indians revolted, drove out the Spanish miners and hid all traces to these mines.

 


Isaiah 13:12   I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

Just exactly what is this wedge of gold? Obviously it is some kind of formed gold resembling a wedge that probably originated from being poured into a wedge shaped mold so the gold could be easily removed. Yet, there’s conjectural evidence that this wedge is special, but how exactly remains another biblical mystery.

 
Isaiah 40:19   The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.

 

There are at least two types of gold crafts – the worker and the smith. This practice of separating those who uses the hands from academia (self-ordained elite) continues to this day. Scripture says work is healthy and good, but I can find no direct evidence that intellectual enterprises meet the same criteria. In fact, a case could be made that placing importance upon intellectual abilities is in tune with arrogant false pride. So, like today’s division of labor – mind from body – where the privileged do the directing was similar to these goldsmith(s) who would tolerate workers near the mysteries of manipulating this metal to simply avoid the backbreaking work of charging the furnaces, whereas the smith’s kept secret the flux formulas, specific heats, and extraction methodologies, thereby insuring their lifeline to perpetual importance?

 

This verse also indicates that a single original casting was overlaid with molten gold. Working with molten gold is extremely hot, so what kind of protection did they have for their eyes, hands, body and clothing in order to be able to keep this gold molten long enough to be spread smoothly over the casting? Furthermore, how were these smith’s able to keep the molten gold on the casting and at same time preserve the original appearance assuming that the underlying cast metal was copper or wood?

 


Isaiah 41:7   So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.


Did these ancients actually know how to solder (mechanical welding) gold to gold via the hammer & anvil?

 

 

Jeremiah 10:9   Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder:

    

There can be little doubt that foundries were spread all over this vast area and employed many men. If the reader ever visited a small foundry it would be quickly recognized that there are many divisions to foundry work, each requiring specific learned skills.

 

Unfortunately, like “Ophir” this place called Uphaz where gold is mined remains unknown. I kinda wonder why Scripture is steadfast regarding morality issues and specific about areas of the Middle East, such as Moses steering his people into the land of the Canaanites, but where gold and silver was mined remains illusive?

 

Because gold is immortal by human standards and non-oxidizing an elemental question begs an answer – why didn’t Moses instruct the scribes to write the original Torah on gold plates instead of paper? If this rather simple act was done then all the future copies from this precious original could or would be without errors. One argument that could surface is that plates of gold would be too heavy and invite the unscrupulous. Although this argument has value, the goldsmiths of Moses’ time were skilled writing in gold, plus, the massive weight of gold plates could have been drastically reduced by using either a lighter weight metal or the same wood the Ark was made of with thick gold gilding, thus preserving both wood and scripture.



Haggai 2:8   The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.

 

Although kings, queens, pharaohs, Caesars, governments and the common man claim ownership of this prized metal this verse leave no doubt as to Who really owns all the gold.

 

Assuming that each day is new and that YHVH did not complete His creation at end of 6th day, perhaps man could learn to stop saying mine so much and replace his ego with understanding.

 


Zechariah 9:3   And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.

 

Where could so much gold come from to equal the filth of the streets?


Hebrews 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,

 

Why would manna be stored in a gold pot, unless gold has some property that can help keep manna edible for longer periods of time than other containers?


Much of the ark is layered in gold and the mercy seat is thick (pure) gold, and said to weigh about 700 pounds, plus whatever the Cherubs weighed in gold. The Ark is  considered to be the holy of holies and is gold, which pleads for an answer to – why would YHVH want only gold to represent His presence? Surely the significance of gold is unfathomably deep, yet, we are required to seek understanding. Thus, how to prospect for this illusive concept, seems to be contained in the silence of prayer, as well as within  the nature of gold. Is it possible that when prospectors seek gold they are really attempting to locate understanding?

 

 

Revelations 21:15   And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
    

A golden measuring devise (reed) to measure a city strongly infers that this instrument had unusual technological capabilities, or that this rod was the most stable metal that would avoid all natural sources of oxidation, and thus be utilizable for eons of time. Nevertheless there remains the lingering question as to how the coefficient of thermal expansion was accounted for during climate and altitude extremes? I am forced to assume that if these people could craft a golden rod of an exact desired purity and proper proportion that the user(s) also knew how to factor in any potential discrepancies that this rod might generate to avoid errors?

 


Revelations 21:18   And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

Revelations 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 was transparent glass.

 

When what is called 24 carat gold is beaten into thin sheets it is somewhat translucent, but to imagine thick roads of gold that is transparent is incredible. Makes me wonder if the molecular structure of this gold was/is somehow slightly altered? In spite of our present abilities we cannot make a pure form of gold. Furthermore, for those fortunate enough to live in this wondrous place gold’s importance is surely being transmitted clearly.

 

Does this verse carry an in your face golden message? Is pure transparent gold representing glory and visible Truth? Furthermore, if gold is not monumentally important then why would inspired scripture be so specific regarding being mentioned 1st, the Ark of the Covenant, and this futuristic city?

 

Is it possible that there is an unknown source of gold that could make such a city and streets? Maybe there is a foundation of gold that we today don’t recognize as gold, such as the so-called white monatomic form of gold? Please note that I know nothing about this type of theoretical gold, except what I read and it is limited. Nevertheless, there are discoveries waiting and we will know when we are there or have arrived in that place of understanding.

 

It is impossible to conclude this important subject, but I will end this narrative by suggesting that all biblical believer’s have an obligation to explore the great truth gold possess and all seekers of Truth should be wary of those who attack any of the metals, especially gold because they are inadvertently or directly laying siege to Light.

 

Joseph Cummins

 


 

Created: 06/11/2006
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