RPM, Volume 11, Number 13, March 29 to April 4 2009

God's Golden Warriors

By Jim Williams

Gold gets a lot of attention in the Bible. God's really into it. He covered everything with it. Read the latter chapters of Leviticus concerning the Temple construction, and you'll see what I mean. God wanted everything gold plated. Gold this, gold that-even Heaven will have streets of Gold.

Solomon's Temple, an expression of praise for God in the heart of his father David, had 600 talents (4500 lbs.) in the most interior room alone. This Holy of Holies, was a goldie of goldies at over a quarter of a million dollars per square foot in today's prices. No WONDER the excavation efforts were so well attended- everybody wanted some of that. Not even King Tut was this well fixed!

God will even have golden warriors-us. Through the trials, the breaking, and the pain we endure and grow in the direction of growing selflessness and flexibility in His Hands.

Gold has a measure of softness. 1 carat is the hardest, 24 carats the softest. God takes us in both directions. We become hard in the testing and tempting, and soft in the breaking and molding. Depending on His specific purpose for us, He makes us to whatever level we need to be to function the best.

So, in all of our trials and travails we are reminded of Job, all of whose problems led him to say, " When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold".

Tell me what you think, I'm just thinkin out loud.

This article is provided as a ministry of Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill). If you have a question about this article, please email our Theological Editor.

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