People my age will remember a Burl Ives song called Silver and Gold, what about how we use it in our decorations and it isn’t it amusing that it is also a monetary source, so what does silver and gold represent?
Gold can represent the riches of the glory of God and the enduring capacity of the believer. God words have been tried in fire and are pure seven times, that’s why they are true and He cannot lie. It was a gift of the magi. It represents overcoming, unchanging holiness, and His wisdom, glory, also righteousness.
When you seek to glorify yourself, with vain intentions or worship a false god, it becomes a type of idol worship, now don’t worry, we all have a pair of gold earrings or a necklace or perhaps a few, that is not what we are talking about.
As for silver, it can represent understanding, knowledge, purity. It is cleanliness and my favorite, redemption. It also has ties to idolatry, but most notable is the thirty pieces of silver that bought Judas betrayal of Jesus. It is worldly knowledge, also in some senses. God’s ways are better.
Silver is mentioned as redemptive for that reason, He was betrayed and crucified for our redemption. It is representative also of the words of God, the promises of God. Still pure and cleansed, they cleanse us as furnace as well, making us precious to God.
Joseph is a type of Christ from the Old Testament, sold by his brothers to Midianite traders for twenty pieces of silver. What about by today’s standards. Well, it appears that the translation may be silver coins, so were they from Tyre or Antioch. Roman coins were more pure. And it depends on the price of silver on a given day.
If they were small pieces, I have read only about $215 dollars, if they were shekels, weighing half an ounce, possibly $500, depending on the Greek or Roman coinage, and the purchase price of a field. Matthew references that prophetic fulfillment, so it could have been $12,000 to 15,000 by today’s standards due to inflation or deflation as the market fluctuates.
If you like math, you can guess that Joseph’s brothers got less. I can’t imagine selling either one or anyone, but especially not Jesus. He is worth everything. Nothing is worth losing your soul over.
Gold was also very much a part of the temple, one of the colors used in the tapestry, the laver, and even hammered over the Ark of the Covenant. So silver and gold are definitely not just for Christmas decorating or good color choices for ornaments, even though they make nice gifts.
There is so much more to learn from His Word, there are so many deep studies and so much truth. We must not be like the bitter and jealous brothers, or the scattered disciples who hid in fear, not the denying Peter or betraying Judas. And not even like Jacob who would not be comforted upon hearing about Joseph, he believed a lie and kept his sackcloth and ashes. We don’t want to believe enemy lies, we desire beauty for our ashes, we have been through the fires this year.
There are many verses are in reference to silver and gold, check out Bible Hub, but here are a few. We are redeemed by the blood of Jesus, which is incorruptible not like metals much more precious. 1 Peter 1:18. Wisdom is better, Proverbs 16:16, a good name is better,Proverbs 22:1, His fruit or gifts are better, Proverbs 8:19. And it all belongs to God. Haggai 2:8 And prophetically speaking, it won’t save us when it comes to judgement, if we have not believed on Him. It will be thrown into the streets during the Tribulation. Zephaniah 1:18, Ezekiel 7:19.
And another beautiful comparison is an occurrence at the called Beautiful, where Peter tells the beggar that he has no silver or gold but he gives him what He has in the name of Jesus and tells him to get up and walk, immediately he has strength and walks, leaps and praises God in Acts 3:2
Another Proverb, 25:11, A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Our words are very important, to God, ourselves and others, and we should choose them well, because they are what produce fruit. While the word is translated pictures, and I considered pitchers more accurate it is also settings so it could refer to jewelry, perhaps the wisdom to worn around the neck.
That’s a lot of information, and there is always more to learn. And I pray this a season to be refined, pure and redeemed, precious to God, His treasure and riches, we are the children whom His light and face shines upon, we are His silver and His gold. Rebecca Jones / Jamie Lee, pixabay / thank you.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas, enjoy a memory.