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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

GOD, GOLD, AND DOMINATION

By Jim Jordal

Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits, and the breadth of it six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon….Then the satraps, the deputies, and the governors, the judges, the treasurers, the counselors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together to the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up…Then the herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, peoples, nations, and languages,  that whenever you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe, and all kinds of music, you fall down and worship the golden image…and whoever doesn't fall down and worship shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Therefore at that time, when all the peoples heard the sound of the…music, all… fell down and worshiped the golden image.

Daniel 3:1-7, WEB

 The kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived wantonly with her, will weep and wail over her, when they look at the smoke of her burning, standing far away for the fear of her torment, saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For your judgment has come in one hour.'  The merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise any more; merchandise of gold, silver, precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple, silk, scarlet, all expensive wood, every vessel of ivory, every vessel made of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble;  and cinnamon, incense, perfume, frankincense, wine, olive oil, fine flour, wheat, sheep, horses, chariots, and people's bodies and souls.

Revelation 18:9-13, WEB

The street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.  I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple.  The city has no need for the sun, neither of the moon, to shine, for the very glory of God illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb.  The nations will walk in its light. The kings of the earth bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.  Its gates will in no way be shut by day (for there will be no night there),  and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it so that they may enter.  There will in no way enter into it anything profane, or one who causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Revelation 21:21b-27, WEB

Throughout recorded history God is associated with gold. For Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar his vaunted image of gold formed the idolatrous basis for the worship of money and power. For the writer of Revelation, gold was so common and unworthy of worship that it formed the paving for the streets of the New Jerusalem. That’s quite a contrast—from all-powerful to as common as paving stones.

Last week we identified several places in which the Babylonian domination system now crushing the earth is described as being the hammer of the whole earth, and the scepter, or symbol of power, of rulers and the wicked. This week we go on into the scriptural associations between God, gold, and domination systems.

The anti-type of God’s soon-to-come earthly kingdom is the present world domination system engaged in hammering the earth and its people to powder and forming oppressive laws, institutions, and structures engaged in transferring money and resources up the income scale from poor to rich. Jeremiah 51:7 calls Babylon "a golden cup in the Lord’s hand" that the nations have drunken of and are therefore mad, or deranged. If you view the present world political situation and its apparent inability to deal effectively with the host of political, economic, and social problems now facing the earth, you too may reach the conclusion that the nations truly are mad, deranged, and powerless to do anything about it. And why are they incapable of dealing with their many issues? It’s because they define all of them in terms of monetary cost; thereby elevating money or gold to the highest of all values and people to the lowest. Yes, they speak differently, but you have to consider the outcomes of what they do in order to discern their real values.

To man, money or gold represents the highest of all values, and is certainly one of the most destructive. To God, gold is just another element, useful for making jewelry, filling teeth, and paving streets. How long will it take us to learn this lesson?