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Biblical Silver

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From the outset, I have not expected anyone to agree with what I have attempted to convey with these short essays, nor do I claim my interpretations of scripture are biblically sound. Nevertheless, I do hope that what’s written herein will aid prospectors examine their motives and recognize the required sacrifices for visiting YHVH’s kingdom of metals?

Silver is one of my favorite topics, yet this incomprehensible metal often leaves me tongue-tied, making it difficult to know where and how to begin discussing this metallic subject. So, I ‘ll start this endeavor by describing the fascinating relationship of gold and silver as they may relate with YHVH and Yeshua. No attempt is going to be made to justify my position other than letting the reader judge the merits of these words. Furthermore, because this subject would take several life-times to barely begin addressing I am limiting this text to only a few ideas and let time polish the outcome.

Although most biblical believers are mentally friendly with the fact that YHVH created everything, for some reason or another most believers are ill inclined to accept that YHVH   Is   Everything, which includes the refined rocks (metals). In addition, apparently it is also just as hard for most believer’s to comprehend that Yeshua built this world and that His flesh is the physical manifestation of reality (John 1:14, John 6:51, John 6:53-54, John 17:24, 1 Corinthians 3:10, Ephesians 1:4, Ephesians 2:20, Ephesians 5:30, Hebrews 1:10, Hebrews 4:3, Hebrews 9:26, Revelations 13:8).

Presently, the traditional premise within and outside the “scientific” arena is that all matter comes from invisible neutrinos and that metals are merely “inorganic” elements that don’t qualify as being deaf and dumb, nor having feelings or ambitions and are merely substances that just happen to be here for humanity’s evolving pleasure. Of course, to any thinking or biblically believing person this line of reasoning is at best a bit suspect, because nothing happens in this world or universe due to a happen-chance and nothing exists without YHVH for He is the Alpha and Omega.

Correspondingly, I’ve met no one that can buy into my thesis that all the elements are metals or could be under the correct but unimaginable circumstances. It’s my contention that YHVH wanted what is here, so whatever was or is, including all the metals must have meaning and purpose or they would not exist. In addition and as odd as it may appear – I believe, because the metals are part of The Creator that they have feelings even if mortal man cannot fathom this equivalence. An analogy would be – man has skin cells and prior to being discarded they have or can transmit feelings, but do we recognize or feel their departure?

With the above almost forgotten and depending upon the reader’s point of perception this next submission ought to be found curious to downright disturbing.

A. Scripture says that YHVH Is 1st and likewise gold is the first metal mentioned.
B. Yeshua Is the Light that separates darkness and silver is mentioned 2nd and reflects light better than any other metal.
C. YHVH is eternal and gold is forever by man’s concept of time.
D. YHVH is beyond measure and gold measures man-king-govt’s.
E. Yeshua is pure righteousness and pure unblemished silver is trustworthy.
F. Yeshua is the whitest white, whereas silver is the whitest metal
G. YHVH is unalterable and almost pure gold does not tarnish naturally.
H. I’ve never seen pure silver, but impure silver will darken to black in the presence of sulfur and may serve as a reminder of darkness without Yeshua. Or, that darkness constantly tries to creep in unless purity is maintained.
I. Yeshua Is hope and salvation and silver can fend off the invisible beasts that constantly attack, thus pure silver offers economic hope and physical health.
J. Yeshua brought everyone a message, and silver communicates across all socio-economic language barriers.
K. Yeshua’s presence was exterminated and the money changers have assassinated silver’s character.

There are at least 279 verses in the authorized KJ Bible containing the word silver. Most of these references revolve in one way or another around money. Therefore, because silver was the 1st money and because money is mentioned more than any other use of silver and is a form of mass communication I feel compelled to discuss this past and hopefully future reality.

Even though scripture indicates that gold was taken by kings and govt’s for taxes and was a form of wealth, this lustrous metal was never a biblical medium of exchange prior to Moses. Contrary to modern thinking that gold has always been money I find myself in utter disagreement with this logic. Yes, there were gold coins and gold became money prior to and after Yeshua’s physical earthly visit, but this was and continues to be government gold and not biblically sound money. I can find no direct, distinct or unquestionable biblical evidence that gold ever had the same monetary significance as silver prior to the Hebrews wanting a man-king-govt (1 Samuel 8).

In today’s world I find it peculiar that many people who are dissatisfied with paper money want gold and silver to be treated as real or honest money. In essence I agree, but I personally do not like the idea that govt becomes the sovereign of silver or gold as money. Despite this deep-seated feeling I can appreciate the desirability of uniformity that govt made (minted) money can theoretically accomplish that many scholastic monetary enthusiast’s desire. Trouble is – no matter the form of modern money (paper, plastic, metal or digital), this so-called money belongs to the govt and not to the holder who carries it at any particular moment in time.

Is it not peculiar and strikingly similar as to how the money changer’s today trade paper money for gold and silver seeking too profit just like the money changers did in Temple when Yeshua (The Christ/Messiah) turned over their tables (Matthew 21:12, Mark 11:15, John 2:15)? Today’s money changers, seeking so-called honest/rightful profits find no difficulty in using paper to purchase tangible gold and silver then sell this gold and silver back into market for more paper than they originally used, thus a theoretical profit. For me – the real question is – what is a profit? How ethical is the manner of making a profit if the exchange promotes a system that constantly creates a form of debt? Is not honest and real money the symbol for the retirement of any implied or intangible debt? If so, how can any monetary metal, including impure silver that has graven images ever be considered biblically honest?

When Yeshua got after the money changers what was being declared? Could it be that alloyed money, complete with an emperor’s face was like today’s money, which like in Yeshua’s time was not of, by and for the people, but, instead, of, by and exclusively for govt, which obviously did not support YHVH nor Yeshua? Does any modern day man-king-govt publicly declare allegiance to YHVH or admit that Yeshua is their King? Thus, those ancient money changers that claimed to be believers in YHVH were liar’s and hypocrites. So, again I ask – what’s the difference between money and the changers of any medium of exchange since the Hebrews accepted a man-king-govt (1 Samuel 8)?

Have you ever considered what is actually being described with the word “table” of the money changers?  I find the following fascinating and a study any biblical believer ought to ponder diligently – 1 Corinthians 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. According to Strong’s Concordance the definition of table is exactly the same. Therefore, it appears that it is extremely difficult for the average person to ascertain the fundamental difference as to whose money table one takes council with. Obviously, a choice must be made between biblically sound and deceptive money.

Before proceeding I must say that what I think and believe is at best a whisper within a raging storm and therefore has little if any relevance as to the outcome. Nevertheless, to not write down what I have been allowed to accept as reality would be tantamount to accepting the status quo, which is none other than chaotic blinding darkness.

Where does biblical money originate? Is it not from the same earth (dust) that we all are made of? Have you ever wondered what the crustal abundance of silver is said to be? If the scientific community is correct it is  =  7.5×10-2 milligrams per kilogram or about 0.000008%. Thus, silver must be sought (prospected for) long before mining, refining and the making of money can be initiated, little alone being placed in the hands and pockets of those who will ultimately use it for a multitude of purposes.

Ever notice how miners are almost always portrayed as brutes or sub-human? Likewise, have you noticed how mining by individuals is frowned upon, and are forced to play in a rigged game where the giant corporations dominate? This attitude is not new, for city folk have long despised the miner all the way back to the days when Agricoloa wrote De Re Metallica in 1556AD. Perhaps this abundant mindset is because the average person cannot cope with the rigors of prospecting and mining and thus look down their noses at this calling? Or, maybe there is a little jealousy displayed, because, for whatever reason they don’t have the knack for prospecting and mining? Yet, those who yell the loudest that the land is being raped and pillaged enjoy the fruits of those who toil in the soil. Or, what I believe is a more likely situation – those who despise prospectors and miners don’t want anyone to have real honest money without first going through all the proper government channels, which is another way of saying that darkness cannot stand the light of silver?

Have you ever asked yourself by what means and authority does silver (money) derive it’s value? Since days long erased from man’s memory bank there was the rule that silver was valued at a ratio of 15 or 16 to 1 gold. Was this figure based upon the actual amount of silver lying around on the ground versus the amount of gold easily picked up from the same earth? Or, was this set of numbers based upon something no-longer known? Perhaps this difference in theoretical value was and is about how much more labor was required to find, mine and refine these two metals? Within the last few hundred years it seems that this ratio 16 grams of silver equaled 1 gram of gold has been based upon the scarcity of the two metals, as well as the higher extraction and refining costs of gold, including the reality that silver is often a by-product of base metal recoveries. Yet, there remains the nagging suspicion that there is something else at play in this terrain of the unexplained?

Academia and archaeological scholars suggest that during Abraham’s time they were almost cavemen, yet Abraham bought land with silver. Scripture is silent as to the purity of this specific silver, yet, the silver Abraham used was measured, indicating that whoever produced these pieces of silver was able to weigh the differences between pieces, indicating that accurate balances were utilized, which would necessitate a high degree of technology. Hence, if this was so then why would I follow academia in believing these were ignorant hillbillies barely able to navigate from cave to cave?

How did silver during Abraham’s time capture legitimacy as an honest medium of exchange? Could it have been due to the dangerous labor, heartache, sweat and blood of prospectors, miners and refiners? Or, maybe part of the reason is because Abraham’s type of silver knows no distinction between men except when alloyed and gravened?

Is it not a bit peculiar that today’s bible believing community won’t use the only metal that Abraham considered to be money? Likewise, why do modern bible believing men accept abominable money as a means of establishing and accepting a daily wage, unless ignorance reins (did not understand what Yeshua tried to demonstrate about the money changers), don’t care, or have not figured out how to circumvent this awful disgrace?

Why do American scripture believing people have full faith in credit of debt when scripture says to avoid this temptation? Was darkness allowed entry into what is referred to as money when men alloyed silver under the pretense that the coinage would last longer, as well as allowing gold to represent money?

From a biblical perspective the love of money is horrific. Likewise, it’s said that bad money drives out good money, but it appears on the surface that good money cannot drive bad money into the darkness from which it came. Why man loves abominable money is a mystery? A few days ago I read in a local paper, just prior to elections for representatives what could be construed as a good intention – “For God’s sake go vote”, as if YHVH wants man to be governed by man-king-govt, instead of His rules (Tables). Is it possible that man has become so engrained with government that he can no-longer conceptualize a better path?

The following are a few verses that I feel deserve scrutiny as to why we enjoy the ignorance that seems to be leading us all.

Genesis 13:2   And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

The word “rich” does not necessarily mean money. In fact the word “cattle” is the 1st word to describe rich, suggesting that cattle (life form) suffices for continued daily needs of food and clothing. Although the metal silver is mentioned 1st regarding being rich, I would assume this metal was the medium of exchange and gold was, like today a not so easy tradable expression of affluence.

When silver was in use as money during Abraham’s time was disease as easily spread? Is there a correlation between the amount of disease and the disuse of silver as the medium of exchange in today’s world?

Genesis 17:12   

First use of the word “money”.

The most important question about pieces of silver denoting mediums of exchange or money is who initiated this concept? Plus, how did the masses come to accept pieces of silver as a legitimate monetary unit of exchange? Who planted the seed for the need of silver in the minds of men? Why did women of this time period accept pieces of silver when women of today who are known as seekers of security seldom look upon pieces of silver as a worthy of their discerning eye?

Did Yeshua (the carpenter and foundation stone of this world) establish silver as the economic communicator? Is there commonality between those who seek Yeshua and believe in silver as truthful money? Did Lucifer via YHVH’s instruction or acceptance inject darkness upon silver via graven images and impurity? On this vein why are all man-king-govts discouraging the mining of silver by the little guy with their myriad of strangling environmental rules? Is darkness afraid of the shinning reflective light of truth that pure silver bequeaths?

I often read that most people under the age of 40 have no idea what a piece of silver looks like. Correspondingly, does anyone living today know what a pure (100%) piece of silver looks like?

Genesis 20:16   And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver:

I find it interesting that these thousand pieces of silver are not denoted as belonging to anyone, nor to any govt. By chance was there some kind of standard representing a fixed amount for “pieces of silver”? What form, shape or format did these pieces of silver have that made them readily recognizable as being authentic and not counterfeit or debased? Was there some kind of mark on each piece or was the purity so recognizable that any tainted silver would be immediately spotted and cast aside or re-refined? Was there some kind of punishment for trading with bastardized silver? Was silver traded with alternative forms of money from other peoples from far away lands? If so, by what means did money changers convert pieces of silver? How much silver did the average person have to carry to be able to survive on long journeys, such as camel caravans of buying and selling goods in various communities? Human nature being what it is gives rise to the question of thieves and how this community might have prospered with pieces of silver?

In today’s theoretical supply and demand market economy if money was silver coin would silver remain valuable regardless how much silver was produced? Furthermore, could silver mining keep up with population growth?

Genesis 23:15   My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver;

Genesis 23:16   And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.

Notice that land is equated with weighed silver (money). The question becomes how did silver ever become an equivalent of land regarding value? Did this occur because silver originates in the land? If this plot of land was worth about 160 troy ounces (400 shekels) of silver what is a similar sized plot of land in similar circumstances worth today, assuming that a 15 to 1 ratio exists?

Have you ever asked yourself why we no longer exchange weighed pieces of silver for land? Is it because govt’s claim ownership of land and the people thereby exchange govt money for govt land thus bypassing YHVH? For a very long time, including the early days of the American settlements land was theoretically bought and sold and supposed ownership was transferred via silver coin, cows, grain harvests, beads, etc., etc. But, who or what claimed initial or inherent rights to the land – was it not, like today the govt? Why did and do a so-called free people allow this situation to exist?


2 Samuel 24:24   And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

If this is accurate and I have no reason to doubt it then Israel’s foundation was purchased with silver, not cattle or gold and Israel truly has an inherent right that modern man seemingly forgets. Yet, the Israelites lost battles and went into bondage and left this land, so perhaps rights became lost even though an original purchase was bartered agreeably, which brings me to the question: do wars settle debts, transfer land title and become the measure by which to gauge future transactions?

Before proceeding, because man is intimately tied with land I think it is appropriate to ask -- What is a measure of man’s worth? Should this question be defined in terms of land, money (paper dollars, clad money, govt/corporate gold/silver), money as defined within scripture (pure silver), or some other manner? Is value based upon need, desires, what I can do for others or is it a relationship with YHVH/Yeshua? Next, I come to the question that has bothered me for many years – where is/are the real shekels that were used during Abraham’s time? Why haven’t state paid archeologists found any original shekels? Did the victor’s of war cause all the loser’s silver to be re-melted and become a new form of money? It seems, according to historians that the victors of war often placed the vanquished in chains and forced them to live out their remaining days mining silver, , plus practically all land was owned by the king, which no doubt did not engender desires to be a miner  Today, most who mine for silver do so as a way to sustain their personal and family’s physical and economic health and not because they desire to bring value upon the rest of mankind. So, because I don’t see most men seeking a profession in mining I ask again what is the measure of a man?

What is a biblical monetary shekel? Some scholars suggest that there are three biblical forms of a shekel (silver, gold and copper), whereas other scholars place some of the other base metals within the definition of shekel. Personally, I suspect that only pure silver money qualifies for this term, however, man in his wisdom usually alters what was to what is.

Essentially the term “shekel”, as well as talent equates with the word “weight” (silver = 1/3000 of a talent and is equal to 132 grains), and may have been the case during Abraham’s time. However, when applying the term grains as the English equivalent this silver weight becomes 220 grains, which is about ½ ounce troy, whereas the original shekel seems to be something less than an half troy ounce.

Approximate conversion of weights as taken from KJ Bible

Biblical terms------------------Avoirdupois----------------------Metric (Troy)
Talent  ------------------------75 pounds-----------------------34kg
Maneh ------------------------1 ¼ pound-----------------------57 kg
Shekel-------------------------2/5 ounce------------------------11.3 grams
Homer------------------------6 bushels or 60 gallons------------220 liters
Grain-------------------------.042 pennyweight or .002 ounces or .06 grams

Leviticus 27:16   And if a man shall sanctify unto the LORD some part of a field of his possession, then thy estimation shall be according to the seed thereof: an homer of barley seed shall be valued at fifty shekels of silver.

The June 2006 price of feed barely was around $1.75 a bushel. So, a homer is 6 bushels, which would equal about $10.00 or close to 1 troy ounce of silver or about 1/20th of what this seed was valued at during the time period of Leviticus 27:16. Obviously, there is a rather large disparity here. Either silver in USD terms is under valued or barely is produced easier and less expensively or silver is waiting to catch-up to today’s reality?

Personally, I find it curious that scripture says that seed is in itself and that silver is measured by grains of seed. Therefore, without restating what I have already tried to explain that the metals are the physical seeds of life – is it possible that this verse (Jeremiah 4:3) is talking about silver money: Don’t sow your seeds among thorns if you want to prosper. Same thing I presume applies to prospecting – don’t plant your future silver prospects on barren soil?

This next section is especially confounding and deserves an altered viewpoint to hopefully erode the walls of misunderstanding that has been built upon and around these scriptures. In today’s world, the people whom call themselves Bible believers that are ruled by man-king-govt’s take for granted what is called money without considering the ramifications expressed in the following verses.

Ezekiel 16:17   Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,

Ex 20:4 “You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth,

Deu 4:16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
Deu 4:17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,
Deu 4:18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:

The question that I have arrived at is why do we continue laboring for money that does not meet scriptures definition? Are we deaf, dumb and blind? Has thousands of years of  ignorance totally consumed any recognition as to what is abominable? Although I have been allowed to recognize graven images my sense of touch has yet to feel the difference between right and wrong when handling 50 year old silver alloyed coins. At the end of this essay are a few web pages which should cause pause in regards to the above 5 verses.

Mark 11:15   And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;

John 2:15   And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;

What’s the difference between the above money changers and modern day corporate churches who are businesses blessed by govt to collect government money without paying tribute? Perhaps this last sentence has something to do with what Yeshua was describing at Matthew 17:25-26 regarding their own children, or of strangers? In addition, could it be that these corporate entities are the creatures described in Mark 16:15 and need enlightenment so that they too can change their ways? This particular subject is again discussed at Matthew 22:21.

Matthew 17:24   And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
Matthew 17:27   Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Some people say that the piece of money found in the fish’s mouth was a Roman “stater”, “denarius” or a “half shekel” which paid both Peter’s (Simon’s) and Yeshua’s supposedly obligatory tribute (head tax), which indicated that Yeshua fell under the rule of man, which of course He did not. It would seem obvious on the face of this coin issue that biblical believer’s could not accept this interpretation, because Yeshua was without sin and to create this coin found in the fish’s mouth as belonging to any man, would be a direct contradiction to Haggai 2:8   The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. Therefore, with this verse in mind why would Yeshua create/make an impure silver coin when perfection was Yeshua’s message? Furthermore, because Yeshua knew scripture better than any man I cannot believe that He would violate Psalms 12:6   The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Consequently, doesn’t it appear as though Yeshua was shouting a visible message by making a 100% pure piece of silver as money that should have been understood by all to abandon abominable money and return to scriptural money?

Another obvious question that I never hear discussed is why would the tax collector accept a piece of metal other than a Roman stater? Could it be that the tax man recognized this piece of money as not being alloyed, but 100% pure silver and without the blemish of a stamped, cast or engraved image of ownership? Or, as many people seem to take for granted – Yeshua made a “stater” or piece of money complete with a emperor’s facial image on this money from the fish’s mouth would it not be publicly stating that man and not YHVH owns the metals? 

Upon closer examination I am forced to speculate as to why a male instead of female fish was chosen, as well as why wasn’t this money under a nearby rock instead of having to go to the water? And why does Strong’s concordance fail to identify what type of and whether was it a clean or unclean fish?

Render unto Caesar has constantly played a major role in all biblical believers’ lives, and in my unknowing and questioning opinionated mind-set this part of scripture has been a huge gouging thorn that few seem to notice.

Matthew 22:17   Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
Matthew 22:19   Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

Stong’s Concordance defines this penny as a Roman silver coin (denarius, which was equal to a laborer’s daily pay).

Matthew 22:20   And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
Matthew 22:21   They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

I’ve heard brilliant men say that this verse justifies pledging allegiance and paying taxes/tribute to a man-king-govt. Is it not accurate to state that Caesar claimed to be a god? So why would any believer of YHVH and a follower of Yeshua pay homage (tribute) to a Caesar (man-king-govt), unless the concept of a man-king-govt is so ingrained that it never enters the mind to think and behave differently? Of course there are those who do not believe in YHVH or Yeshua (modern day secularites) and justly deserve their man-king-govt. But, and although Scripture can be construed to mean just about anything I strongly suspect that nothing in this world belongs to any man nor creature and only YHVH/Yeshua has the ultimate say and title.

Have modern day churches fallen under the domain of Caesar (Matthew 22:21 & Romans 13), because they elected to be agents (corporations) of the state? I wonder how many church goers realize that the state gave life to the creature known as a corporate entity that the Supreme Court recognizes as legal person that accepts monetary donations just like the priests and money changers did prior to Yeshua’s crucifixion. The 3 big questions are: Should a fellowship (church) accept non-biblical money, was Yeshua crucified because He shouted for all who could see and hear that the money was abominable and deserved no place where TRUTH resided when their tables were turned over?

Surprisingly, Yeshua’s demonstration has remained mired in darkness. Could one of the reasons be – because no man has made a monetary unit that conforms to scripture (Psalms 12:6  The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.) subsequent to 1Samuel 8?. I have few doubts what a present day tax man might do, but what would a modern church do if a biblically correct medium of exchange was found in the donation plate? Would it be recognized and kept or discarded as quickly as possible?

Man was given the knowledge and ability to find and refine YHVH’s silver for money. Perhaps, if we would consciously refrain from using politically correct money and choose to begin using biblically correct pieces of silver our lives would change? Oh sure, ridicule and scorn would be directed at those who attempted such a feat, but if we can’t hear or see Yeshua’s message what’s the point of reading scripture? Is there much hope that this event could actually occur. I suspect the answer is contained in  Matthew 17:20   And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Now that these questions have filled the ore car where should it proceed to – the muck pile or the refining processes?

CHANGE THE WAY THE WORLD COMMUNICATES WITH AN HONEST SYSTEM OF ECONOMIC WEIGHTS AND MEASURES.

Proverbs 20:10   Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.

Isaiah 40:12   Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

Deuteronomy 25:13   Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.
Deuteronomy 25:15   But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Types of money used during the time of Yeshua (Christ/Messiah)

http://www.deepfield.com/anoot/shekel.html
http://www.youngearth.org/Coins/Bag21.htm
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http://www.youngearth.org/Coins/Bag20.htm

http://www.amphoracoins.com/article/article1.htm

http://www.amphoracoins.com/main.htm
http://www.amphoracoins.com/article/money.htm
http://www.amerisrael.com/articles_chanukah_gelt_3.html
http://members.verizon.net/vze3xycv/1stjewish.htm
http://members.verizon.net/vze3xycv/Jerusalem/confPontPilate.htm
http://members.verizon.net/vze3xycv/RulersCoins/tyrePic.htm
http://www.ancientcreations.com/roman_thumbnails.asp

James 5:3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

Obviously, money throughout history has been a fundamental aspect of life. So, why do so many seem to believe that in the last days money won't be of any benefit? Is it possible that for 2000 years Bible believer's have misunderstood scripture? When reading the above verse these initial words jump out at me -- your gold and silver is cankered. The word – your – suggests that man claims title to these metals, but, YHVH states that all gold and silver is His. So, by placing images upon money man designates title and those who use it accept this assignment in direct violation of scripture and what Yeshua tried to demonstrate when He drove the money changers from the temple. The next word that further demonstrates man biblical callousness is his use of gold as money, when I can’t find biblical legitimacy for such prior to 1 Sam 8.

Finally, but just as importantly is the word cankered, which shouts loud and clear that alloying is establishing impurity. Oh I know those who advocate alloyed silver claim that base metals allow wear to be minimized, to which I agree, but at what expense? Furthermore, what honest scale can accurately weigh an alloyed piece of silver? How can people call money good when it only meets the scriptural definition of abomination? Notice, that YHVH did not say His good gold and silver was corrupted. Therefore, to be scripturally compliant would it not be wise to make a monetary change before it’s too late?

Joseph Cummins

Created: 08/31/2006
Revised: 09/30/2006