“Precious Metals In Scripture – Gold (Positive Application)” – Part 3

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Last week we had started looking into the different translations of the Hebrew word ‘charuts,’ which is translated as ‘gold,’ but it is also translated in several other ways. This week we will see what those other translations have to do with the metal gold, and in the process we will “strike gold” by coming to know and understand the mind of God just a little better.

Joh 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

How ‘charuts’ is translated:

Now look at what we find when we look at the other translations for this Hebrew word charuts.

Gold’s relation to diligence

This word is tranlated as ‘diligent’ in five of its 19 entries. That is only one less than ‘gold’. Let’s look at how this word for gold is also translated ‘diligent’:

Pro 10:3  The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
Pro 10:4  He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

“The hand of the diligent makes rich.” Can you make a connection between ‘gold’ and ‘diligent’?

Let’s look at the other entries where this word is translated ‘diligent’.

Pro 12:24  The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

Pro 13:4  The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Pro 12:27  The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

Pro 21:4  An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
Pro 21:5  The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

Our God apparently sees similarities between the beautiful, untarnished, malleable, precious metal gold and “being made rich… bearing rule… being made fat… precious substance… and plenteousness.” Those are all listed as fruits of the life of a diligent man.

Gold’s relation to the day of decision in our lives

Let’s look at the other ways God uses this word:

Joe 3:12  Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
Joe 3:13  Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness [is] great.
Joe 3:14  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: [Hebrew: charuts – Also translated as ‘gold] for the day of the LORD [is] near in the valley of decision [charuts].
Joe 3:15  The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

This is what is called “the great and terrible day of the Lord.”

Joe 2:11  And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp [is] very great: for [he is] strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Joe 2:31  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

Peter tells us that this is what we all experience when the holy spirit comes into our lives:

Act 2:15  For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
Act 2:16  But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
Act 2:17  And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
Act 2:18  And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
Act 2:19  And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
Act 2:20  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
Act 2:21  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

The holy spirit sees a connection between the fiery day of God’s wrath against the sin in our lives, the day of judgment we are living, and God’s gold – ‘charuts.’

Gold’s relationship to our trials against our flesh as ‘sharp pointed things.’

Job 41:30  Sharp stones are under him [Leviathan]: he spreadeth sharp pointed things [charuts] upon the mire.
Job 41:31  He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
Job 41:32  He maketh a path to shine after him; [one] would think the deep [to be] hoary.
Job 41:33  Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
Job 41:34  He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.

Isa 41:13  For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Isa 41:14  Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
Isa 41:15  Behold, I will make thee a new sharp [charuts] threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.

The holy spirit sees a connection between gold and the word ‘sharp’, judgment and threshing.

Gold’s relation to threshing instruments

Isa 28:27  For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument [charuts], neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod.

Amo 1:3  Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments [charuts] of iron:

There is a definite relationship between the hammering out of gold and the threshing out of the wheat and the barley to be gathered into God’s barn. The relationship is so close that God uses the same word for both.

Here are a few verses to that effect:

Exo 25:18  And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.

Exo 25:31  And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.

Exo 37:7  And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat;

Mic 4:13  Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.

Gold’s relationship to God’s wall

Dan 9:25  Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall [charuts], even in troublous times.

Rev 21:10  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Rev 21:11  Having the glory of God: and her light [was] like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
Rev 21:12  And had a wall great and high, [and] had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are [the names] of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
Rev 21:13  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
Rev 21:14  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Rev 21:15  And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

The holy spirit sees a connection between the malleable, ductile, beautiful, untarnished, usable, precious metal gold and the wall of Jerusalem.

We are coming to see just how malleable gold is in the hands of an Almighty God.

Thus far we have covered three of the seven Old Testament Hebrew and one Aramaic words which are all translated as ‘gold.’ We have covered 1) ‘zahab,’ the most common Hebrew word translated ‘gold.’ We have covered the Aramaic word 2) ‘zehab,’ the equivalent of ‘zahab,’ and found only in Ezra and Daniel. With this study we have covered all the entries of the word 3) ‘charuts’ with its five very revealing different translations, which reveal to us the mind of God as relates to the word ‘gold.’

We have four more words to look into to understand more of the mind of God concerning His use of the most precious of all metals in scripture, gold. The four words we still must examine are :
Fourth: ketem– gold tried in the fire? The very purest of gold  (“gold of Ophir”) – ex. Job 28:16
Fifth: pazb – means pure but also translated as fine (pure) gold – ex. Psa 21.3
Sixth: betser– only found in Job 22:24 and 22:25 same word translated defense
Seventh: segor– only once Job 28:15 – probably impure gold – see contrast in Job 28:16
Also translated ‘caul’ in Hos 13:8

Lord willing, we will cover these remaining four words next week.

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